KINGSTON, Ont. - It took less than half an hour Wednesday morning for the second block of tickets — 2,400 in all — for tours of the soon-to-be-closed Kingston Penitentiary to be sold out.
So great was the demand for a behind-the-walls peek, in fact, that the website of the United Way Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, which is offering the tour as part of its current fundraising campaign, was overwhelmed with traffic and crashed.
“We were able to at least direct them to the site where you could get tickets,” said Bhavana Varma, president and chief executive.
“We put them up at 10:30 (a.m.), and just before 11 they were all gone.
“I was watching them as they were going. It was just crazy.”
Ticket purchasers hailed from as far away as British Columbia and Nova Scotia, Varma said.