People set their alarm clocks very early this Sunday, hoping the early bird would get a golden ticket, so they will be able to see President Obama speak at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion Wednesday.
At noon, tickets were handed out for the chance to see the president. The Obama campaign says there were 200 people waiting in line at the downtown mall office alone, and all of them were determined not to leave empty-handed. No matter if they had to wait three, four, or even five hours.
"I don't care. I'm waiting for my ticket. I'm so excited," said Frances Washington, who waited hours in line downtown.
"I'd wait longer if I knew it was going to bring about a change, a positive change. I'll wait longer," said Anthony Julius, who was also waiting in line.
People in front of the office had no problem staking out a seat, but it was just a matter of time before lines wrapped around the block. By noon, the line stretched from the downtown mall to the Market Street garage.
Bruce Brown, a ticket holder, said, "I want to see him so bad in person. Last time he was down here, I didn't find out until the next day and I was mad."
Volunteers made the process go faster by helping people fill out ticket forms as they waited, so once they made it to the table, picking up that ticket was a breeze. The campaign is reminding people to review the tickets for what is allowed inside because people will have to go through airport like security.
Meanwhile, those who have seen him at other stops are anxious to see new energy in Charlottesville. "It was just so powerful and I can't wait to see him again," said Sherri Lovell, who has seen the president speak before.
Ticket distribution will continue until 8:00 Sunday night, and pickup again starting at noon Monday.
Natalie Wilson joined the NBC29 news team as a general assignment reporter in April 2012.Full Story
Natalie Wilson joined the NBC29 news team as a general assignment reporter in April 2012. She is a proud alum of Howard University and is currently pursuing her Master's in Communication at Johns Hopkins. Email/ Full Story