What was the rush?
They had hours to get where they needed to be, but they were still early.
At 4 p.m. Saturday, folks started lining up at the Colonial Life Arena to get into the soldout Miley Cyrus concert. The doors didn’t open until an hour later, and the concert didn’t start until 7 p.m.
A few people were on the arena plaza at 10 a.m.
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“It’s not like Miley is going anywhere,” one dad said as his kids ran to get into line.
Outside the arena, banners advertising Cyrus’ WalMart clothingline collaboration with the designer Max Azria flapped in a gentle breeze. Girls, mostly tweens and younger, clomped on the concrete with their various colored Ugg boots.
Some kids held signs professing their love. Moms held hands. One dad, Talbert Turner, was holding a purse.
“I’m looking real good out here with a purse at a Hannah Montana concert,” he said.
It’s just Miley now, Dad.
Turner had to sell his concert tickets because his daughter chose to go to Disney World this weekend with her grandmother. He was waiting on his wife, who was inside with the father and his children who bought the Turner’s seats. For this concert, attendees could only get their tickets if the purchasing credit card was scanned at the arena. It’s a system that seeks to halt scalping.
“We could’ve gotten more for them,” said Turner, who put an ad on Craigslist. “We’re just getting our money back. (The father) was the only guy that seemed sincere.”
The lines moved at a brisk pace. But Daniel Wilson had been in one four times before 6 p.m. Wilson, who went to his first USCClemson football game earlier in the day, was waiting on friends with Sharon Mersereau and her two children. He bought all of the tickets.
“They went for a steak dinner and we’ve been eating stadium food all day,” said Mersereau, who was wearing an Alshon Jeffrey jersey as she sent texts on her Blackberry.
An arena employee with a megaphone announced that bags would be checked. Police whistles conducted the stopandgo traffic on Lincoln and Greene streets.
Others chose to wait until closer to show time to get in line. Kristy Thompson and her sister, Kim Bowen, brought their daughters down from Asheville for the day. They hung out at
EdVenture Children’s Museum and Monkey Joe’s before settling down for a McDonald’s happy meal picnic on the plaza.
“They’re cousins and best friends so they have to go everywhere together,” Thompson said of her daughter, Chloe, 3, and Bowen’s daughter, Kamea, 6.
If you’re meeting at the South Carolina State Fair, where do you meet? At the rocket, of course. At a soldout show with lines in every direction, the best place to meet is the fountain on the arena’s plaza.
Lisa Wills and her daughter, Vicky, were waiting there for other family members to arrive. Vicky, 14, is at an important age for Miley’s fan base. Will those who grew up watching her on
“Hannah Montana” still be fans as they — and Miley, too— get older?
“I think I’ll follow her,” Vicky said.
But will she buy the line of clothes from WalMart?
“I almost bought something,” Vicky, a student at Gilbert Middle School said, smiling.
“We debated over a shirt,” added her mother, Lisa, a science teacher at Gilbert High School.
There was no debating why she was there.
“I like her songs,” she said. “But I’m here for my kids.”
Like just about everyone else, they were early.
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