Frisco ticket giveaway goes smoothly after changes

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on March 17, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 17 at 7:16 PM

FRISCO — More than 1,000 people lined up again in front of Stonebriar Centre Mall in Frisco early Saturday for a chance to see One Direction, the latest pop music sensation.

The British boy band that went from reality TV to topping the music charts is gaining more fans every day. They are expected to perform four songs and sign autographs at a special event at Dr Pepper Ballpark next Saturday.

The Barnes & Noble store at the mall is selling the group's CD. With each purchase, customers receive a ticket to the concert. More than 5,000 tickets were available Saturday, and Melanie Kerber wanted one.

"It's just something you really have to do," she said. "They're One Direction!"

Mall and city officials changed directions for the ticket giveaway. They called in officers and paramedics. Also, they put out more barricades to control crowds.

"The safety of our shoppers and their well-being is always our number one priority," said Stonebriar Centre spokeswoman Stacy Schuch.

The extra security comes after the fan frenzy turned into trouble earlier this week at a similar giveaway. Thousands of people rushed the doors to get the tickets and a wristband giving some fans access to the autograph signing session.

One girl was taken to the hospital; six others were apparently treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Parents called 911. Ty Farris got a call from a frightened friend.

"She said it was crowded and people were crying," Farris said.

But those concerns turned into relief Saturday after seeing the security changes.

"It looks like it's going to be under control," Farris said.

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com

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