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New USF Sun Dome: Elton John fans sold tickets to seats that weren't there




So far, the USF Sun Dome's revival hasn't gone exactly as planned.

During the first concert at the renovated venue, a July show by R&B veterans like Keith Sweat, fans, critics and even the artists howled about the abysmal acoustics inside the dome.

On Friday, the Sun Dome held its "official" grand re-opening with a glitzy concert by Elton John, meant to showcase just how much $35.6-million in renovations will buy you these days. The concert was a spectacular affair ... unless, of course, you bought tickets to seats that weren't there.

About 30 fans who showed up at Section 204 found out their seats were scratched as a result of the multimillion dollar renovations. As organizers scrambled to accommodate the line of frustrated fans by finding alternative seats, the concert played on.

"My husband's favorite song is Bennie and the Jets, and we had to listen to it standing in line," said Paula Berry, 32, a high school teacher from Tampa. "That was the heartbreaking part about it."

For more on this seating controvery, click here for Robbyn Mitchell and Elisabeth Parker's story.

Here's hoping that when Florence and the Machine come to the Sun Dome next week, the third time's a charm.

[Last modified: Monday, September 17, 2012 11:31am]


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