Someone may have discussed this before, but I can't remember for sure. How can the WWF make the claim that No Way Out is sold out? The general public clearly can still buy tickets from Ticketmaster, so its not like all the tix are in the hands of brokers. What's the deal? How can they make that claim, and on top of that, claim the event sold out in three hours? I mean, they just issued a press release making that claim. Not that press releases are guarantees of irrevocable truth, but still.
See, that's the thing. The WWF almost always exaggerates attendance figures. They say WM3 had 93K people, when it apparently only had less than 80K. But they handle sellouts (and non-sellouts) a little differently. If a show isn't sold out, you'll hear that "good seats are still available." It was either Vengeance or the Royal Rumble when the WWF was telling us that great seats were still available, all the way up to the week of the event. For them to make such a definitive statement that NWO sold out in less than 3 hours, when there's ringside seats available less than a week later is a little fishy.
The definition that Ticketmaster and booking agencies use is that a hall is technically "sold out" when there are no pairs of adjacent seats left for sale. There still may be tons of single seats available.
It's a fishy definition, and one that could mean an arena that's "sold out" could just be half-filled with lonely people who wanted to sit next to an empty seat.
It's also possible that seats are set aside for mail-order and off-location sales, and that those don't come through, so that when they declare a hall "sold-out", it might mean that it's only theoretically so.
In other words: It's just an advertising ploy, like "New and Improved".
Well, my timing is getting better, I only missed the first 20 minutes of the show this week because I have lost all track of what day it is. Oh well, let's look back at this week's episode of the most criminally unwatched show in wrestling.