July 22, 1985
Hundreds of people lined downtown Scranton’s sidewalks, hoping to make it to the Globe Store’s Ticketron counter in time to nab tickets to a Bruce Springsteen concert. Some waited overnight to buy the $17.50 tickets for the shows, which took place Aug. 14 and 15 at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia.
The scene along Wyoming Avenue, Spruce Street and Penn Avenue was calm until the department store opened at 10 a.m. People mistook some Globe Store employees as line jumpers. Tempers flared until a Globe Store security guard set the record straight.
By 4 p.m. that day, all tickets for both shows — some 110,000 seats — sold out.
This scene repeated in February 1988, when Springsteen’s fans braved the cold, wind and rain in Scranton to buy tickets for his “Tunnel of Love” concerts in Philadelphia that March.
Article originally published on Nov. 19, 2016
Brian Fulton has been the librarian at The Times-Tribune for the past 15 years. On his blog, Historically Hip, he writes about the great concerts, plays/musicals and celebrity happenings that have taken place throughout NEPA. He is also the co-host of the local history podcast, Historically Hip. He competed and was crowned grand champion on an episode of NPR quiz show “Ask Me Another.” Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9140; or @TTPagesPast