Aloha Stadium no longer letting fans enter line for tickets to second Bruno Mars show

Fans line up for Bruno Mars concert tickets on Friday morning (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Fans line up for Bruno Mars concert tickets on Friday morning (Image: Hawaii News Now)
A group of fans before the official line opens on Friday (Image: Hawaii News Now)
A group of fans before the official line opens on Friday (Image: Hawaii News Now)

AIEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii loves Bruno Mars.

Need proof? Fans have already started lining up at Aloha Stadium to buy tickets to Mars' second concert in November after the first sold out quickly.

In fact, Aloha Stadium announced on Friday around 9:50 a.m. that it would no longer allow anyone to enter the line to buy tickets as it is at full capacity.

And it was a mad dash when gates opened to start the official line around 7:45 a.m. Friday.

In fact, it was so chaotic that Honolulu police were dispatched to the area to calm the situation.

Tickets actually go on sale on Saturday.

But as of about 5 p.m. Wednesday, about 50 people had already lined up.

Aiea resident Noah Spencer was among them.

"We decided we didn't want to be last or in the back so we just came first," Spencer said.

Malcom Ahlo from Kapolei got their even a day earlier.

"I was here Tuesday at 5 o'clock so I tired already. I like sleep good, almost there. One more day. I'm outta here!" Ahlo said.

Last weekend, thousands of Hawaii residents were shut out of buying tickets online to the first Mars concert on Nov. 10.

Residents like Ahlo tried online but were unsuccessful in securing their tickets.

"I think it's very wrong," said Ahlo. "Everybody should just come inside and get that way instead of the phone and stuff because all the mainland guys getting them."

The problems for the first concert created an uproar — and Mars, who's from Hawaii, announced a second concert for the following day.

Experts blamed the ticketing problems on bots, which scooped up thousands of tickets and then re-sold them on third party sites.  Fans who opted to buy tickets in person rather than buy them online had better luck.

And those in line Wednesday hope that holds true for Mars' second concert on Nov. 11.

The first person in line at the stadium got there about 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Mele Stowers, of Kunia, arrived four hours later, joining a friend who was already there.

"We want to do a family concert and what better person — Bruno Mars, the son of Hawaii — and have a good time. That's all we want," she said.

Stowers jokingly said that her family nominated her to get in line.

"They said, 'Mom, we chose you. You're going to come stand in line,'" she said. "I have my cot. Two chairs. We do shifts. We're gonna go home and shower, come back and sleep on the ground, talk, and become family.

Stowers added, "We're not here for problems. We just want to have a good time."

Samantha Spain, of Aloha Stadium, said the stadium will open its gates at 7:45 a.m. Friday.

"We expect a large crowd," she said. "We're still kind of encouraging everyone not to come out so early. We understand it's exciting, but we have the fair going on. We have events going on inside the stadium."

She added that security will be telling those lining up that it's not an official line.

"We just want them to be safe," she said. "We're all trying to get the same tickets so let's just have aloha while we're here."

This story will be updated.

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