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The W - Pro Wrestling - So, how do you define "sold out?"
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Mr Shh
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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.
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I guess it's the normal wrestling exageration. Saying "capacity crowd" when the top level is empty, or 250 lbs when the guy weights 190 lbs or adding a few inches, that kind of thing.


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Geez, I thought for sure this would be about wrestlers selling out when they left ECW or something. Never mind

Joe G.
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Is that anything like the WM 3 claim of 93,000 fans?

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Mr Shh
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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.
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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".

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