AKRON -- UPDATE - The website where people are trying to get tickets to the Welcome Back, LeBron event is experiencing delays. Users who visit the website are met with a message that reads:
"An unusually large number of visitors are accessing our site. You've been placed in line and will be granted access to the site in the order in which you arrived."
Just after 2:30 p.m., the City of Akron released this statement:
"Due to the overwhelming demand for tickets to the community event marking LeBron James' return to his hometown, all available tickets sold out within hours of their release.
The City, The LeBron James Family Foundation, and The University of Akron are working to make a small amount of additional tickets available. More details will be released when available.
The City of Akron wants to thank everyone for its enthusiastic support for what is sure to be a memorable event!"
Tickets are free but they are already popping up on eBay for $100, $89.99 and $50
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The City of Akron will join with the LeBron James Family Foundation in welcoming LeBron James back to his hometown team at a free public event at 7:15 p.m. Aug. 8 at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field on The University of Akron's campus.
Admission is free, but every person planning to attend must have a ticket, obtainable only through Ticketmaster, beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, July 28.
LINK: Get tickets Monday
"LeBron has always remained dedicated to Akron and his Wheels for Education kids. Our entire community is happy to celebrate with him and welcome him back to his hometown, Akron, Ohio," said Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic. "We plan to do that in a big way by celebrating those aspects of our community that LeBron himself values most."
Plusquellic also said that the event has received strong community support from Akron General Medical Center, the city's lead sponsor for the event, as well as Bridgestone Americas Inc., FirstEnergy Corp., Summa Health System, GoJo, Akron Children's Hospital and FirstMerit Bank, all of whom have made contributions to support the Aug. 8 event.
The Aug. 8 event will focus on LeBron's positive impact on his hometown. For many children and families in Akron, LeBron has had a daily presence in their lives through his "Wheels for Education" program and the "I Promise" campaign, which has reached more than 800 Akron public schoolchildren and their families.
The evening is being shared with LeBron's third annual family reunion for nearly 2,500 of his WFE kids and families, who will occupy Summa Field. In addition to LeBron and a recitation of his "I Promise" pledge, there will be special performances by local community groups and remarks by notable individuals who have been a part of LeBron's journey. The event will celebrate LeBron's return to his hometown, and, more importantly, the many kids and families in Akron that have been positively impacted by his philanthropic efforts.
Individuals who plan to attend must have a valid ticket to enter. Gates to InfoCision Stadium will open at 6:15 p.m.
Parking is available in lotssurrounding The University of Akron's campus.