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Ticketmaster Goofs and Accidentally Sells Out of Obama Inauguration Ball Tickets Before They Were Set to Go on Sale


"A mess all around."

Many hoping to partake in some of the presidential inauguration festivities are now out of luck after Ticketmaster experienced a glitch Sunday night.

The Washington Post reported that those who had signed up for email announcements regarding ticket sales for the Inaugural Ball Jan. 21 at the Washington Convention Center were told in a message Sunday that sales would occur on Monday. Instead though, the email that should have been sent Monday went out only a few hours after the first -- still on Sunday.

In this photo released by the U.S. Air Force, President Barack Obama, left, and first lady Michelle Obama take their first dance of the evening during the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (Photo: AP/USAF Tech. Sgt. Suzanne Day)

That resulted in all the $60 tickets to the ball, one of two for President Barack Obama, selling out earlier than expected. Those perhaps not checking email again until Monday were out of luck.

Here are the thoughts of some once hopeful attendees who weren't able to get a ticket (via the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Committee's Facebook page):

The Washington Post reported that Ticketmaster apologized in an email to those who were signed up for announcements.

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