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SOLD OUT: Panther Playoff tickets gone in three minutes

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Carolina Panthers fans hoping to get a chance to watch the team play in the second round of the National Football League playoffs needed to be quick on Wednesday.

Tickets went on sale online on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m.

Team officials say all 7,000 tickets were gone within three minutes.

"Thank you for the tremendous support this morning." the Panthers tweeted at 10:17 a.m. "#Panthers playoff tickets sold out within the first three minutes! #BELONG."

WBTV was with one super fan, Casey Stafford of Kings Mountain, early Wednesday morning. He had high hopes of scoring two tickets so he could take his aunt with him.

"We usually go with each other to the games so I'm hoping I can get to two tickets so I can take her with me," he said.

But, no such luck. He kept getting the same message about tickets not being available again and again.

"That's crazy," said Stafford. "And I was on as soon as it came up. I'll keep looking on the secondary market to see if maybe the ticket prices will go down to maybe it's in the affordable range."

More than 40 miles away in south Charlotte, Nan Gray, another super fan had better luck. She scored two tickets to the home playoff game.

"And it popped up section 509 and I literally started shaking," she recalled. "And I was like, ok, ok -- alright, yes, yes!"

Before 11 a.m. more than 5,300 tickets to the playoff showed up on StubHub.com, an online marketplace owned by eBay, which provides services for buyers and sellers of tickets.

In early searches, at least 15 sets of tickets were priced at more than $10,000.

Upset fans contacted WBTV and complained that the process for getting tickets was unfair and the tickets were being scooped up by groups looking to make extra money.

WBTV reached out to the Panthers organization about the process and got a statement from the team.

"The Panthers have no association with StubHub, only with Ticketmaster," a spokesman for the team told WBTV. "The online process is the same used for regular season tickets."

Team officials say this is the same way tickets were sold the last time the Panthers were in the playoffs.

"It is same procedure we used in the 2008 playoffs," the spokesman said. "Ticketmaster provides same opportunity for everyone going online."

WBTV spoke to State Senator Malcolm Graham, who also expressed frustration with the process.

"How does the average joe, blue collar worker fan get their hands on tickets at a reasonable price?," Graham said.

The Panthers announced on Wednesday morning that the team would be back in the black jersey and black pants for the playoff game on January 12.

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