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Locals empty-handed as Rockies World Series seats sell out

Melinda Dudley

— Four computers at Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare weren’t enough to score a seat at the World Series.

Tickets to see the Colorado Rockies play in the World Series went on sale at noon Tuesday, after a Monday debacle that saw millions of hits crash the Rockies’ ticketing Web site. But despite teaming up on multiple monitors for another chance at seeing Colorado play on baseball’s biggest stage, no one at Ski and Bike Kare even came close to the ordering page, sales associate Bill Kipper said.

Steamboat Springs resident Mitch Brantley described his experience trying to buy World Series tickets as “pretty awful.”

Brantley spent an hour and a half seeking tickets both online and over the phone Tuesday afternoon before giving up.

“You go to the Web site, and click on the game you want to go to, and it gives you a 120-second countdown. If there’s tickets available, it’s supposed to take you to that page,” Brantley explained.

During his ticket-seeking attempt, the countdown page continually refreshed for 90 minutes. Trying to buy tickets over the phone simply resulted in a busy signal, he said.

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The Rockies will play at least two World Series home games against the Boston Red Sox, on Saturday and Sunday at Coors Field in Denver. A third home game will be played Monday if the best-of-seven series extends that far.

Play begins today at 6 p.m. in Boston’s Fenway Park.

Rockies ticket sales were suspended Monday after online ticketing was hampered by what team officials called a “malicious, external attack.” The Web site, http://www.coloradorockies.com, had 8.5 million hits in the first 90 minutes of sales Monday.

Many local fans reported giving up on the overburdened ticketing process Tuesday. Rockies officials announced that all three home games were sold out at about 2:30 p.m.

Rockies apparel has also been hard to come by in Steamboat Springs, and local stores have had a flurry of requests for it during the past few weeks.

Sports Authority on Tuesday got in a new shipment of Rockies hats and shirts, which were going fast. Fan apparel, flags and pennants can also be found at Wal-Mart and City Market.

The previous load of hats at Sports Authority was entirely sold out before they came in stock, said employee Lindsay Townsend.

In the City Market parking lot, a number of enthusiastic shoppers attached Rockies flags to their car windows Tuesday afternoon.

The grocery store is on its second batch of Rockies shirts this week alone, manager Jason Ward said.

Sports Authority typically does not carry any type of licensed team apparel, but made an exception when the Rockies made it to World Series, according to manager Susan Stringfellow. The products are in such short supply right now that another manager at the store had to drive to Denver to pick up shirts and hats, she said.

The limited apparel options and their availability have left some local fans disappointed, especially those seeking to outfit their entire family in purple and black.

“There’s been a lot of people asking for little kids stuff, like for 2-year-olds,” Townsend said.

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