CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A line wrapped around West Virginia Power Box Office early Tuesday morning, as fans waited in anticipation of free playoff tickets.
Nikki Mirth, the box office manager, said 3,500 tickets had been given away as of Tuesday afternoon.
"We had a line before we even opened up to sell tickets," Mirth said. "We walked in and had a line down the street. We've had a steady line in and out all day."
The West Virginia Power began handing out free tickets at 9 a.m. Tuesday for its first postseason game today at 7:05 p.m. against the Hagerstown Suns.
The Power will meet the Hagerstown Suns in a best-of-three Divisional Championship Series starting at Appalachian Power Park today.
For the first time since 2008, the West Virginia Power, a Class-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, clinched a postseason berth in the South Atlantic League's postseason. The Power secured its spot in the postseason when Hickory was eliminated from contention with a loss to the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
"It's great," said Jo Finlayson, 29, of Charleston, who grabbed her tickets Tuesday afternoon.
"I've gone to a lot of games, and I'm looking forward to it," she said of the first playoff game.
LT Ferrell, a ticket assistant, worked the window Tuesday and fielded hundreds of fans' requests.
"I've been here since 9 a.m., and we've seen a ton," he said.
Ferrell said that since there isn't a limit on how many tickets a person can request, some are getting tickets for their whole families.
"One woman just got 25 tickets," he said.
Tom McLane, 48, of South Charleston, said he is a season ticket holder, but the promotion allowed him to get another ticket to bring more family.
"I've been going to games since I was 7," he said, noting he frequented the former Watt Powell Park baseball stadium.
"I'm very excited, and I hope we can bring a championship home. It'll mean a lot to season ticket holders," he said.
Mirth said box seats hold close to 4,000 people, and she doesn't plan on cutting ticket sales any time soon.