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The Price is Right Sells Out at the Erie Insurance Arena
Posted on April 16, 2015
The traveling version of the popular game show, The Price is Right, brought thousands of people to the Erie Insurance Arena on Tuesday night, making for a sold-out show.
Most people are excited for that chance to win big prizes, but one family hopes to spread a message.
“So excited, I can’t believe I’m going to be on the Price is Right!” said Kelsi Boyles, from Clarion.
“We’re going to come on down, we’re on the Price is Right and we will be the next contestants,” said Debbie Stuart, a Warren resident.
“I have confidence that they’re going to call me, and I’m going to go running down, jumping and hollering,” said Cora Wilson, who lives in Erie.
The line for a chance to be a contestant was blocks long. It wrapped around the arena, down E. 8th Street to Holland St, extending all the way to the ball park.
The crowd was most excited at the prospect of winning big prizes.
“We want to spin the wheel, big money!” said one group from Erie.
“Really excited and hoping we get picked for a new car or something,” said Mary Zapolski, another Erie resident.
“I’m getting married next July and I already have something old, something borrowed, and something blue. Now I need something new!” said Meggi Wilcox from Russel.
But one Northeast family is hoping to get called down for a very different reason – a chance to share a message, that could save a life.
“We’re trying to advertise for a kidney. Spread the word, hoping that the more people who find out, then maybe someone will volunteer and step up to be a donor for me,” said Diana O’Rourke of North East.
Diana has had diabetes since age six. Now she’s suffering from kidney failure and needs a new donor.
“It’s what I’m hoping.That would be the best prize of all,” she said.
The show was originally going to be at the Warner Theater, but tickets sold out so quickly it was moved to the Erie Insurance Arena. There, the nearly 3,500 available tickets sold out again.
Erie fills arena for ‘The Price Is Right Live’
Posted on April 16, 2015
Jeff Brown spent all day waiting outside Erie Insurance Arena for the chance to “Come on down!” and guess a product’s actual retail price.
Brown, 53, was one of 4,118 people who filled the downtown Erie arena Wednesday evening for “The Price Is Right Live,” a touring version of the popular television game show.
“I was the first one in line at 7 a.m.,” Brown said before the show began. “I have watched ‘The Price Is Right’ since I was 6 years old and I hope I get picked to go on stage.”
Many of the people who bought tickets for “The Price Is Right Live” also registered to be contestants.
“Luckily the line was moving pretty well,” said Rusty Valone, 35, of North East.
Leslie Jones was the first contestant to win a prize during Wednesday’s show. She bid $725 for a set of designer handbags and sunglasses that had an actual retail price of $850.
“Leslie brought her phone, in case she got an important phone call,” show host Todd Newton said as Jones stuffed the smart phone into her waistband before playing the Punch-A-Bunch game.
Some of those in the crowd wore brightly colored T-shirts with “The Price Is Right”-influenced sayings, like “All of this can be yours if The Price Is Right!” and “Keep Calm and Spin the Wheel.”
Lauren Chilcott wore a squirrel costume, and her friend, Hailey MacDonald, dressed as a banana.
“It’s an old Halloween costume but maybe it will help me get on stage,” said Chilcott, 23, of Erie, as she ate a slice of pizza before the show.
Unfortunately for Chilcott, contestants were selected at random from all the people who registered.
Before Newton stepped on stage and started the game show, clips were shown from old “The Price Is Right” shows going back to 1956 and original host Bill Cullen.
The crowd’s biggest cheers were for clips that featured longtime host Bob Barker and current host Drew Carey.
They also cheered a clip of a refrigerator toppling over and nearly crushing a model.
The “Price Is Right Live” has toured for almost nine years and has awarded more than $10 million in cash and prizes.
Come on down!
Posted on April 16, 2015
ASHLAND, Ky. — For several hours in front of the Paramount Arts Center, hundreds waited in line that went around the back of the building and down Carter Avenue to register for the Price is Right Live, a live traveling version of America’s longest running game show, in hopes of hearing their name called to “come on down!”
When the doors to the theater were finally opened in the lobby, those who had already registered rushed in to their seats as one large screen on each side of the stage played Price is Right trivia until the start of the show while music played. The crowd also kept busy for a while before the show by doing the wave. When the show finally began, the excitement could not be contained.
Host Todd Newton got the crowd going as names were chosen at random to be a part of Contestant’s Row to bid prices of items for a chance to play all of the classic games on the regular show.
Several contestants got called down to Contestant’s Row as the crowd cheered, while the winning bid from each group had the chance to play a game for money and prizes. All that were called down to Contestant’s Row received a T-shirt if they did not win the bid.
The games that were played included Punch-a-Bunch, Cliff Hangers, Any Number, Hole in One or Two, Big Wheel , Plinko and more.
Tyler Hatten, of Kenova, West Virginia, said he didn’t even know about the show until a couple hours before, when he, his wife and sister-in-law decided to get tickets. Hatten ended up leaving with a Las Vegas vacation for two for four days and three nights at the MGM Grand after guessing the correct numbers for the vacation on Any Number.
“I didn’t think I would even get picked, let alone win,” he said. “It was great. I was ecstatic. Ever since I’ve been married, we’ve never taken a honeymoon or had time for a vacation because I was overseas. I’m just so excited.”
Other prizes won include a 3D Smart TV, PlayStation 4 and money. Instant winners were chosen from the audience in between games and won $25 Subway and Target gift cards.
This was the first interactive show that the Paramount Arts Center has hosted, but it was very popular with the audience.
“I usually miss the show when it’s on TV because I work, but I really enjoy it and like the games,” Johnda Cantrell of Flatwoods, Kentucky, said. “It would have been better if I would have won something, but I would come to this again.”Come on down!