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Did any locals get Rockies tickets?

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyEagle resident Ed Woodland, center, holds up the game 4 World Series tickets that his wife Kristen, a Red Sox fan, his son, Ross, and Ross' friend, Alex Davis, left, will use for Sunday's game in Denver.

EAGLE COUNTY ” Chris Meister wonders whether anyone got tickets online to the World Series at Coors Field.

He had three computers going both days and never had a chance, Meister said.

“We really think the Rockies organization as a whole let us down,” he said.

Residents scrambled for tickets to the World Series Tuesday at noon. Tickets to the three possible games at Coors Field sold out in about 2 1/2 hours online Tuesday.

The first sale, on Monday, had to be halted after officials said alleged ticket hoarders crashed the system, The Associated Press Reported.

The Rockies blamed an “external, malicious attack,” but they never explained to their fans what it was, and there’s no evidence the team sought any help from law enforcement, The AP reported.

The Rockies have sold tickets in supermarkets or at Coors Field in the past.

“What was wrong with the old way?” Meister asked.

Instead, they gave scalpers with “supercomputers” from throughout the world the chance to buy and sell them online, fans said.

“Even though they said it was an equal chance for everybody, I don’t think that was a valid statement at all,” said Mark Milliken, of Vail.

The Rockies should have had people input their zip codes so that only Rockies and Red Sox fans living in Colorado or Boston could get tickets, said Tim LyBarger, of Edwards.

Or they could have sold them at Coors Field and provided commerce for Denver businesses, he said.

The Rockies organization has said that selling tickets online was the most fair method.

Even though ticket brokers can use multiple computers to buy tickets online, Dave Butler, chief executive Paciolan, which ran the Rockies sale, said the average purchase was for just over three tickets.

Butler apologized to fans for Monday’s meltdown. On Tuesday, he said the company was able to block computers that attempted to overload the site or buy as many tickets as possible by faking a code meant to ensure that an actual person was buying.

Some 750,000 people were online when Tuesday’s sale opened, but only about 16,000 got tickets ” roughly one lucky person in 50. Butler still thinks selling such tickets online is fairer and quicker than making people wait in long lines.

“Imagine if 750,000 people stood in line in the parking lot at Coors Field and didn’t get tickets?” he said.

Upper deck tickets were being sold for $755 each to $7,500 each for behind home plate on stubhub.com Wednesday evening.

Milliken tried to get tickets online while at his work at Redwine Engineers Inc. in Avon. But he was kicked off every time he tried to put in his credit card information, he said.

Scott Martin, an information technology specialist for Redwine, said a computer virus that attacked the Rockies ticket sales caused Redwine’s server to slow down, he said. That may have prevented Milliken from getting tickets, he said.

“It’s kind of a weird fiasco. They need to figure out a different way to do it,” Martin said about the Rockies online ticket sales.

At least one resident got tickets to the World Series at Coors Field ” but not online.

Ed Woodland, of Eagle, got four tickets through a Red Sox season ticket holder. (He doesn’t know how that person got them.)

“I don’t know a single soul who got them,” Woodland said. “It was kill or be killed trying to get them.”

Woodland plans to take his son, Ross, and wife, Kristen, to game four.

Joel Rabinowitz and his two co-workers had seven computers going in their Vail Recreation District office. As two co-workers went to a meeting, another one refreshed the Web pages on the computers.

“He was just running around refreshing and making sure he put in information before it timed out,” he said.

Other teams have had lottery systems that worked in the past, he said.

“Hopefully in the next 86 years, like it took the Red Sox to get to the World Series, the

Rockies will figure it out,” said Rabinowitz, a New York Yankees fan.

The Associated Press contributed to this article. Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.

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