Wired PR News.com – Coming from near and afar, over one million people are expected to be in attendance in Washington D.C for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. As reported by the Associated Press, the demand for tickets and hotel rooms has caused many hotels to quickly fill up, and some legislators to no longer accept requests for tickets. The draw could possibly become the largest one ever to be recorded in the country’s history, surpassing the 1.2 million mark estimated for President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965.
With only 240,000 tickets available, the National Park Service has been making preparations to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of people who will view the ceremonies from a distance. Viewers will likely be able to watch the events from stadiums, churches, arenas, and other locations throughout the area.
Ticket scalping and the fraudulent selling of tickets online has become an issue early on, postelection. Officials have urged some websites to refuse to allow these practices on their site, and are urging the public not to buy Inauguration tickets because they are free to attendees.
Inauguration Day is January 20, 2009.
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