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This just in from the Governor-elect's office:

Governor-Elect Tim Kaine Announces That Tickets to the Inaugural Concert and Inaugural Ball Are Available for the General Public to Purchase

Richmond - Governor-elect Tim Kaine announced today that tickets to the Inaugural Concert featuring the Beach Boys on Friday, January 13th and the Inaugural Balls on Saturday, January 14th are now available to the general public for purchase.  The Inaugural Committee also announced that a heated tent, with large-screen TVs and a live feed of the swearing in ceremony, will be available to help accommodate more people, who want to attend the unique and historic Inauguration.

"I've always said that this Inauguration is a celebration of Virginia," said Governor-elect Tim Kaine.  "We are proud to be doing everything we can to encourage as many Virginians as possible to participate in the festivities."
Tickets to the Williamsburg and Richmond Inaugural Balls and the Inaugural Concert are now open to the general public.  Invitations are not required to purchase tickets to or attend the concert or a ball.
Please call 866-492-6326 to purchase tickets to these events:
Inaugural Concert: 7:30pm, Friday, Jan 13, 2006
Featuring the Beach Boys
Kaplan Arena at William & Mary Hall
The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Tickets: $75

Williamsburg Inaugural Ball: 6-11 pm, Sat., Jan. 14, 2006
Kaplan Arena at William & Mary Hall
The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Tickets: $100

Richmond Inaugural Ball: 7 pm - 12 am, Sat., Jan. 14, 2006
Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA
Tickets: $100

The heated tent will be available at the Courthouse Green at Market Square.  It is located directly on Duke of Gloucester Street, the route the Inaugural Parade will take immediately after the swearing in ceremony.  Tickets are not required to watch the swearing in ceremony in the tent, which can hold 1,000 people.  People will be permitted into the tent on a first-come, first-served basis on the morning of the Inauguration.

The Inauguration is an official function of the General Assembly which decided to hold the ceremony in Williamsburg due to renovations underway at the State Capitol Building.  The upcoming swearing-in will be the first in Williamsburg since Governor Thomas Jefferson was inaugurated in 1779.  The formal swearing-in occurs during a joint session of the House of Delegates and the Senate. The program includes the administration of the oaths of office to the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor and the Attorney General, the Inaugural address by the Governor and concludes with the Inaugural parade.

This year's Inaugural theme is the "Promise of Virginia." Festivities surrounding the Inauguration begin on Friday, January 6th, with a Pre-Inaugural Latino Reception in Arlington.  They include a Pre-Inaugural Ball in Abingdon on January 7th and three Inaugural Balls in Williamsburg and Richmond on Saturday, January 14th and conclude with an open house at the Executive Mansion in Richmond on the afternoon of Sunday, January 15th.  For a more detailed list of Inaugural events, please visit

By  |  January 5, 2006; 1:28 PM ET  | Category:  Events , Government , Politics
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