Single Ticket Saturday was a big success, said RiverCenter for the Performing Arts' executive director Enoch Morris.
People started lining up at 8:30 a.m. The box office opened at 10 a.m. and the box office staff continued to sell tickets until 4:30 p.m.
"We were there for a solid 6 1/2 hours," Morris said. "We let them in at 8:30 a.m."
The RiverCenter provided lunch of hot dogs and soft drinks. Roy Cook donated 300 hot dogs and ran out.
"He got us more," Morris said.
"I can't tell you what a wonderful day it was," Morris said. "We had coffee and donuts and hot dogs. We had volunteers stand in line so people could go to the bathroom."
The first year about $7,000 in tickets were sold. This year, almost $65,000 worth of tickets sold. Most people waited 2-2 1/2 hours to buy tickets, Morris said.
"It was a great, great day. It was overcast and no so blazing hot," he said.
The most sought-after ticket was the Mannheim Steamroller holiday show, followed by Natalie Cole, Ricky Skaggs and the Neville Brothers, Morris said.
"People like to pick out their own seats," which makes events like this attractive, Morris said.
Patrons also liked to pick their own series. You may still do that with any of the series except the Broadway series. If you choose five or more shows, you get a 10 percent discount.
The Broadway shows went on sale for the first time, but if you didn't buy your ticket Saturday, you'll have to wait for the regular on-sale date to buy those tickets. Broadway tickets typically go on sale six weeks before it comes to the RiverCenter.