9/11 Memorial Tickets Are Extremely Popular

The box office for the World Trade Center's 9/11 Memorial opened online yesterday, but by evening the website had faltered under the weight of 24,000 requests. As many as 1,000 people were trying to make reservations at once, as opposed to the usual 40 people before the Memorial was added, with 5,000 tickets reserved in the first hour alone. The Memorial will debut on the tenth anniversary of the attacks for families and invited guests, and on September 12, it will open to the public, with 6,000 visitors booked for the first day. Reservations to see the 8-acre plaza are free, with donations optional, though a museum set to open next year could have a fee, or at least a suggested price. Yesterday, one future visitor -- a local -- pledged $911. [NYP]


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