December 12, 2009
Kiss tickets come and go with the blink of an eye


This Kiss you could miss in the blink of an eye.

About 150 seats to the classic rock act's concert at Essar Centre have gone on sale over two or three days since Dec 1. Some are prime front-row ducats.

Diehard fans determined to see the band's first-ever show in Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday are quickly snatching up small releases of seats from the arena's website. They're gone just minutes after they become available.

"It's amazing to see people on the site regularly and see the tickets go right from our box office co-ordinator Nicole (Mosley's) monitor," said marketing and events manager Trevor Zachary.

He's estimating "up to 100 tickets" could go on sale some time Monday or Tuesday after the band's production manager arrives and takes a first-hand look at the downtown arena.

"If he feels we can open up more seats then that's what we'll do," said Zachary.

More seats on top of those 100 could be released once the stage is set up. There are still an estimated eight to 10 seats in the first three sections on the floor up for grabs.

A possible large-screen erected in the arena's parking lot that would broadcast the show live for fans who couldn't score seats won't be happening. Several factors, including a frosty blast of weather that will see temperatures dip to -10 C on Tuesday and security concerns, nixed the idea, said Zachary.

Besides, he has to find room for 13 transports and "at least" six tour buses that are shipping Kiss and the band's concert equipment from their show in Pittsburgh on Sunday to the Sault. The number, Zachary acknowledged, "is an awful lot."

Most bands have a total of about 10 vehicles that can be housed on the south end of the arena property near Bay Street. Zachary may have to tap some of the main parking lot to house the transportation end of the Kiss army.