"George Strait Sells 77,000 Tickets in 2 Minutes for Houston Show!"
That's the breathless headline on a Billboard article about the country legend's March 17 performance, meant to send fans into a tizzy.
"Astronomical," says the update.
RodeoHouston chief operating office Leroy Shafer calls it "the hottest show we have put on sale in those 40 years. This is going to shatter all Reliant Stadium attendance records."
Yes, the Strait show is sold out and will likely break an attendance record. But 77,000 tickets in two minutes? Not so much.
According to a similar report last week on KPRC Ch. 2, it took one minute and 57 seconds for Strait seats to vanish once they went on sale.
But they didn't sell out 77,000 tickets in two minutes. They only sold out in two minutes the 7,134 tickets that were made available. In fact, there are 79,000 tickets total. Here's how the rodeo officials break it down:
According to Rodeo officials, "41,000 seats went to season ticket holders, 28,500 went to rodeo volunteers and members of George Strait's fan club and approximately 3,000 remaining seats are being held for suite passes and season tickets not yet sold."
So fast. But not that fast.
Other Rodeo shows selling quickly include Bruno Mars, Tim McGraw, the Band Perry, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Pitbull, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. Most only have upper level seats remaining.