CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Officials suspended ticket sales for next week's Greenbrier Classic golf tournament on Wednesday afternoon, the first time they've done that in the event's three-year history. High demand for tickets led to the move, said Greenbrier spokesman Tom Sprouse.Sprouse said the combination of a new time slot (the week of July Fourth), popular players like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and a concert lineup including Toby Keith, Bon Jovi and Rod Stewart has led to "a perfect storm" for the resort."The response has been overwhelmingly positive for ticket sales -- that's why we shut down today," Sprouse said Wednesday. "It's a double-edged sword, but it's a good position to be in."Tickets to all concerts, three practice rounds and pro-ams and four competition rounds were sold for $189.
"The response to this year's tournament has been incredible. While I am so happy and proud we are able to host such a popular event for the people of West Virginia, I regret that we won't be able to continue ticket sales past June 27," Jim Justice, owner of The Greenbrier resort, said in a news release. "The tournament is a wonderful tribute to the Virginias and our beautiful region."