— TD Garden (@tdgarden) May 6, 2013
The event’s lightning-fast sellout had TD Garden in good spirits, said Tricia McCorkle, the venue’s director of public relations.
“We’re very excited about this, very proud that there was such a huge show of support for Boston Strong,” she said. “We think it’ll be a great night.”
The event, announced by promoters on Friday, brings together top-notch musical acts and comedians from around the country to support victims of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings. The lineup includes Aerosmith, New Kids on the Block, James Taylor, Dane Cook and Steven Wright, among others. Additional artists and performers are expected to be announced as the event date nears.
TD Garden has said it will cover rent and all expenses for the concert — a commitment McCorkle called “a first of its kind” for the venue. To that same end, TD Garden will also rely on digital-only tickets to prevent scalping.
“It’s a way to make sure that all the net proceeds go directly to The One Fund,” McCorkle said. “It’s to keep it out of the secondary market and to make sure the direct proceeds from every fan looking to buy a ticket goes directly to the fund.”
As of this post, The One Fund has collected nearly $29 million since it launched just two days after the marathon bombings. On Monday, the first of two town hall meetings will determine how the money will be distributed to the victims.