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Putting the Covelli on the map

Published: Sun, March 14, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

Imagine Elvis Presley booking a coN- cert at Stambaugh Auditorium in, say, 1970. Think it would have been a tough ticket? It probably would have still been easier to snag a couple of those ducats (hey, we’re talking ’70s here) than to score tickets for Elton John’s May 1 concert at the Covelli Centre.

By any yardstick — or by comparison to any music icon of any era — booking Sir Elton at the Covelli is an extraordinary achievement for Eric Ryan, the center’s executive director.

Of course, thousands of people were disappointed in not getting tickets. Some were unfamiliar with what it takes to buy tickets on-line (a combination of speed, perseverance and the ability to read and retype a captcha*). Others were prepared to buy the $39 or $89 tickets, but couldn’t swing $139.

And while there’s no doubt Elton John’s Mahoning Valley fans could have filled every seat, it’s good for the Valley to have thousands of people coming from outside the area to Youngstown’s still-young arena.

The Covelli Centre will be hosting the most successful male solo artist in recording history. Whether you’re in a $39 seat, a $139 seat, one of those $600 after-market seats being hawked on the Web, or just sitting at home that night, you can get some satisfaction out of this (yes, we know that’s a Rolling Stones allusion — we only promised ourselves not to do Elton John puns).

* Captcha: A test in which the person signed on is asked to retype a distorted image of letters and numbers into a box. It’s used to separate a real person from a computer program seeking to buy up all the tickets.


1ytownoptimist(86 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Kudos to Ryan! Looks like lots of folks got "buying tickets in the 21st century" 101 last week. Regardless of the venue or city, any big name will garnish this type of feeding frenzy for tickets. Hope he keeps up the good work & gets acts like Springsteen & Bon Jovi or anyone else looking for more intimate experiences with their fans rather than huge, mega concerts in emotionless stadiums that leaves one wondering "Why did I dish out so much money for a seat in the nose bleed section?"

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2Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago


By facts is was a now post prison Traficant and duly defunct McKelvey mayorship combination.

That strangled the area residents with more debt to fill Cafaro contractors pockets with mass cash is what put that facility on the map.

Elton John visiting is nice for his / her or whatever area fans. But it's not a drop in the bucket compared to the cost from those cohorts. That so dubiously left the area cohabitants with the bill and consequences.

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