Fans lined up by 6 a.m. to snag tickets to the Paul McCartney concert

Dome officials said the show was "nearly" sold out on Monday evening

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - Tickets for the Paul McCartney concert at the Carrier Dome were nearly sold out by the end of the business day Monday.

Seats for the general public became available at 10 a.m. But, devoted fans like Joan Cofrancesco were lined up outside the dome's box office as early as 6 a.m.

"This is on my bucket list. I went to Paris last week and now I've got Paul McCartney, so I'm all excited," CoFrancesco said.

Fans were feeling the full range of emotions, fulfilling dreams they weren't sure would ever be possible so close to home.

Sal Tornabene has waited 24-years to see McCartney in Syracuse.

"We got tickets in 1993 and then he cancelled. We exchanged them. We got tickets for Toronto, but then my car broke down. So I never got a chance to go," he explained. "So, this is my first time and I'm really happy to go."

Tornabene earned his seat the same way fans snagged tickets in the heyday of The Beatles...getting up early to claim a good spot in line at the box office and walking away with the spoils of victory in his hands, instead of an e-mail.

Kevin Piekarski drove to the Dome from Rome to avoid the Ticketmaster service charge.

He paid about $200 a pop for several seats, convinced they are worth every penny.

"Any time you see a Beatle it is exciting. You think you might know about star power, but when these guys walk out - wham! Wow! Paul McCartney," Piekarski said.

Star power that is headed to Syracuse on September 23.

Dome officials say some scattered tickets and VIP offers were still available Monday evening.


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