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New Coliseum to Open With Huge Concert; Fans Camp Out for Tickets

Posted October 11, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— The new Crown Coliseum in Cumberland County will cap off its first week with a huge country music concert: Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn.

Tickets for the show went on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, and people camped out and waited as early as Friday afternoon to purchase them for $41 each. WRAL'sRick Gall was at the box office Friday night.

Some fans waited for 15 hours for the tickets to go on sale. They entertained themselves by getting comfortable, eating, reading and meeting new friends. J.R. Reynolds had plenty of time to master the art of waiting. He was first in line after showing up Thursday evening.

Country music fan Pat Rogers said she was waiting because her family wanted to be able to see the concert.

The concert features two of the biggest acts in country music. Reba McEntire will share the stage with Brooks & Dunn. The non-stop show will even feature a few numbers with all three entertainers together.

"Oh, it will be well worth it," said Rogers. "It will be the one to see."

The Oct. 30th concert will be one of the first big events in the new Crown Coliseum, a $55 million building.

Chris Turner, a country music fan, said he thinks the coliseum will be very modern.

Fans didn't have to spend the entire night outside. The civic center staff planned to let them inside where accommodations were a little more comfortable.