AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Tickets for LeBron James' welcome back party were snatched up in just hours on Monday!
The tickets were free, but had to be secured in order to attend the event. Ticketmaster's website went live at 10:00 a.m. and tickets were gone by 2:00 p.m.
The free public event starts at 7:15 p.m. Aug. 8 at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field on The University of Akron's campus.
The event will follow the I PROMISE Family Reunion, the doors to InfoCision Stadium will be opened to the public for a special presentation from the City of Akron welcoming LeBron James home in a community-wide celebration.
However, just hours after the sell-out, people began posting the tickets for sale on EBay and Craigslist. Some for between $50-$100.
"It makes me sad for the people in Akron, the kids who want to go to this event and have to pay for it cause they're not going to get their free ticket cause somebody else has their ticket for free with the purpose of selling it to somebody," said Stephanie York, Akron City Hall Communication Director.
Unfortunately, there is no city ordinance against selling these tickets for profit.
"It really undermines what he's trying to do for Akron when people try to sell it," said York.
However, one fan said he would be willing to pay.
"Yeah, I could do that if it's all sold out and yeah I'd pay for LeBron's party yeah," the fan said.
Many said they weren't interested.
"I guess I'm disheartened because I don't like this whole scalping and this whole thing getting concert tickets is ridiculous," said Damion Chapman.
They City of Akron is hoping to open up more seats, but they can't make any guarantees.
Visit www.LeBronJamesFamilyFoundation.org for the latest news regarding PROMISE project week and the Wheels for Education initiative.
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