January 03, 2001 19:54
H.O.T, one of the most popular dance groups in Korea, set a new record in the greatest number of admission tickets with 36,024 sold for their concerts to be held from January 18 to the 21st in the Olympic Stadium in Seoul. The tickets were sold out after 10 minutes and 24 seconds after going on sale Wednesday, thus establishing the largest number of ticket sales in the shortest time ever. The ticket price was W40,000 won and the revenue generated totaled W1.44 billion.
The public relations agency for H.O.T, announced Wednesday that it would sell the tickets through Korea First Bank branches all over the country on a first come first serve basis and it was noted that the tickets were sold out after 10 minutes and 24 seconds after aggregating tickets by computer.
The concerts will be held over four days, accommodating 9,000 fans at each concert. The banks collected the tickets into one sum via its computer network and allotted the seats from the front seats automatically according to the ticket sale time. Fans of the group stayed up all night in front of banks one day before to reserve front row seats and telephone inquiries for the tickets paralyzed business at the banks.
H.O.T has been rated top in the field of popular songs after its debut, but after the emergence of Jo Sung-mo and comeback of Seo Tai-ji was thought to have maybe damaged their standing. However, this concert proved the explosive popularity of H.O.T. The band has broken has broken its own record of 34,500 tickets being sold out after 26 minutes and 20 seconds for ten concerts in the Grand Hall of the Sejong Center. At that time, H.O.T rallied 40,000 fans by performing an additional two concerts.
Some 20,000 tickets of the 5 day concerts featuring Seo Tai-ji at the end of last year were sold out after 7 minutes and 8 seconds by using the same method through Korea First Bank.
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