Seating snafu leaves man miffed during Billy Joel Coliseum show
An East Rockaway man who attended Billy Joel's opening concert at the new Nassau Coliseum didn't exactly get the best seat in the house.
Admitted super fan Harold Friedman, who was attending his sixth Billy Joel concert, was stunned to see he did not have a seat - even though his ticket said he had one in row 16. Coliseum ushers let him sit in a folding chair for the three-hour performance.
"I was surprised that they could sell a seat that didn't exist," says Harold Friedman. "You would have thought that they would have had some better planning than that."
His wife Jane was not impressed, considering the ticket cost more than $100.
"I mean it was really comical," she says. "Like, did someone not double-check?"
Coliseum management says mix-ups like this are not unusual at new or renovated venues.
"This is standard in the industry," a spokesperson said in a statement. "Tickets to opening events are typically sold before the seats are placed."
The missing seat was listed for sale at some future events as of this morning, but had been removed by the afternoon.
The Friedmans tell News 12 that the Coliseum management got in touch with them and apologized. They offered the couple free tickets to the Barbra Streisand concert.