Hours left for key chance at 'Hamilton' tickets

Posted at 5:19 AM, Oct 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-24 11:14:39-04

Competition is about to heat up for tickets to see the Hamilton musical when it makes its San Diego debut in January.

Fans have until 10 a.m. Tuesday to try to get ahead of that competition and get early access to seats. They're facing that deadline to register as a Ticketmaster Verified Fan and enter for a chance to buy up to four tickets Thursday, a day before they go on sale to the general public. 

"My cousins, they absolutely loved it, and they say 'go, go go,'" said Judy Saunders, who hopes to go to a Sunday matinee. 

Hamilton runs from Jan. 6 to Jan. 28. Most of the tickets range from $75 to $195 apiece. Some premium seats are $595.

Broadway San Diego's verified sale is the organization's way of combating ticket brokers who buy seats in bulk and sell them for prices five times or more above face value. A spokeswoman for Broadway San Diego said there will still be seats available 10 a.m Friday, when they go on sale to the general public.

Sanders said she may wait it out to buy tickets in person at the box office. That would avoid Ticketmaster convenience charges, which range from $8 to $15 per ticket for most seats. 

"The lines are going to be really long Friday," Sanders said. "I bet you it's almost out to the street."

Hamilton will also hold a lottery before each performance, giving 35 fans an opportunity to buy $10 orchestra seats. While details on how to enter are still in development, that same lottery is now going for the performances remaining in Los Angeles