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Thread started 09/02/12 6:33am

nekronhhr

Question about seating for Welcome 2 Chicago

I was wondering if anyone who has been to any of the welcome 2 America shows could tell me which is better between floor seating and stadium seating? I should also mention i plan on getting the $150 tickets.so I'm not quite sure how far back on the floor i would be with those. I want to be as close as possible obviously but floor seating wouldn't mean much if i could barely see prince the whole night due to being in the last row of floor seating. So ultimately i guess my question is, given the previously mentioned factors, would you go for $150 floor seats or try to shoot for lower level stadium seating instead?
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Reply #1 posted 09/02/12 9:39am

Dogsinthetrees

I would go for the first tier above the floor, toward the point of the symbol.

I'm just saying...
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Reply #2 posted 09/02/12 4:24pm

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I went to several W2A concerts in the U.S. and I had floor seating in front of the arrow as well as first tier arena seating for other shows. In my experience, the best seats, by far, were the elevated first tier arena seats between the point of the arrow and the curved cross section of the symbol. If you have first tier seats near the rail, you have an excellent view of Prince as well as the entire stage. Prince tends to go out on the curved cross section of the symbol, on both sides, and play to the crowd and this affords a close view that is slightly above the level of the stage, which is pretty tall if you are on the floor. The piano is always set up on one side of the curved cross section. It has been my experience that he tends to spend more time playing guitar on the opposite side of the piano section of the symbol. I hope this helps and good luck on your tix!

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #3 posted 09/04/12 11:47am

desdimone

nekronhhr said:

I was wondering if anyone who has been to any of the welcome 2 America shows could tell me which is better between floor seating and stadium seating? I should also mention i plan on getting the $150 tickets.so I'm not quite sure how far back on the floor i would be with those. I want to be as close as possible obviously but floor seating wouldn't mean much if i could barely see prince the whole night due to being in the last row of floor seating. So ultimately i guess my question is, given the previously mentioned factors, would you go for $150 floor seats or try to shoot for lower level stadium seating instead?

Elevated is better. The only exception was at the Forum in L.A. where the seats directly in front of the arrow were slightly raised off of the floor.

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Reply #4 posted 09/04/12 2:31pm

antoinet

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I agree, first tier or even 2nd tier. I was on the floor a few times and it was difficult to see Prince. It was even difficult to see the jumbo screens from the floor having to look straight up and lean back. I got the floor ones when I absolutley felt like I had to go to the concert and if they were $25 (in LA there were random $25 seats) but for $150 I wouldn't recommend them. Good luck. Enjoy.

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Reply #5 posted 09/05/12 12:56pm

2elijah

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For those going.....

For a virtual seating tour, just run the mouse over the image. The seating is pretty much set up like when there's a basketball game, but you can view how close you'll be to the stage from the seat you purchased, when you type in your section number, next to seat search on the chart:

Virtual seating chart - just type in your section, to see how far you'll be from the stage;remember, it's basically set up like

http://www.unitedcenter.c...viewer.asp

Virtual tour of the inside of the United Center

http://www.unitedcenter.c...alTour.asp

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Reply #6 posted 09/05/12 4:38pm

partydown12

Is it just me or did ticketmaster just reverse the direction of the stage? If so that is seriously messed up!!
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Reply #7 posted 09/05/12 6:31pm

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partydown12 said:

Is it just me or did ticketmaster just reverse the direction of the stage? If so that is seriously messed up!!

Ok I thought that was just me trippin!! I noticed it 2.

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Reply #8 posted 09/06/12 9:16am

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SHOCKADELICA1 said:

partydown12 said:

Is it just me or did ticketmaster just reverse the direction of the stage? If so that is seriously messed up!!

Ok I thought that was just me trippin!! I noticed it 2.

eek That's messed up. allright. That will make it different than any other W2A concerts in the U.S.--the symbol stage always faced the floor seats.

[Edited 9/6/12 9:17am]

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Reply #9 posted 09/06/12 10:29am

serpan99

Here's the seating chart of the 24th concert:

and here's the 25th version...and there's differences eek

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Reply #10 posted 09/06/12 10:58am

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Noting the differences above - see sections 106, for example, on 24th and 25th -a recently-signed up member has sent a message to the mods to advise that they have contacted Ticketmaster - who stated that the plan showing for the 25th is the correct plan.

It is not clear whether that means that the seating plan for the 24th is incorrect!

Please note, we do not have any official Ticketmaster confirmation, so would suggest that ticketholders seek clarification directly.

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Reply #11 posted 09/06/12 2:08pm

nekronhhr

Just got off the phone with a rep from ticketmaster AND a rep for the United center who confirmed the arrow will point to section 117 for the 9/24 show and will change direction for the next night. Also. thank you to everyone who responded to my question. I originally splurged and got the $500 VIP tickets but then after thinking about all your posts I changed my mind, cancelled my order and got tickets for 9/24 in the lower level of section 117, row H for half the price of what the VIP tickets cost. Hope to see you guys there and thanks again.

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Reply #12 posted 09/06/12 6:00pm

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nekronhhr said:

Just got off the phone with a rep from ticketmaster AND a rep for the United center who confirmed the arrow will point to section 117 for the 9/24 show and will change direction for the next night. Also. thank you to everyone who responded to my question. I originally splurged and got the $500 VIP tickets but then after thinking about all your posts I changed my mind, cancelled my order and got tickets for 9/24 in the lower level of section 117, row H for half the price of what the VIP tickets cost. Hope to see you guys there and thanks again.

Thank you for posting this! And for calling Ticketmaster, et. al., to find out. I had just sent a rather terse inqiry via the Ticketmaster website myself. Am/was starting to freak out that my awesome seats in section 118 on the 24th were suddenly complete shit if the map for the 25th was indeed the correct one.

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Reply #13 posted 09/06/12 7:29pm

nekronhhr

I went through a similar experience earlier. this is my first prince show and i was terrified i might not have the seats i ordered, luckily it all worked out.

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Reply #14 posted 09/07/12 8:06am

Genesia

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errant said:

nekronhhr said:

Just got off the phone with a rep from ticketmaster AND a rep for the United center who confirmed the arrow will point to section 117 for the 9/24 show and will change direction for the next night. Also. thank you to everyone who responded to my question. I originally splurged and got the $500 VIP tickets but then after thinking about all your posts I changed my mind, cancelled my order and got tickets for 9/24 in the lower level of section 117, row H for half the price of what the VIP tickets cost. Hope to see you guys there and thanks again.

Thank you for posting this! And for calling Ticketmaster, et. al., to find out. I had just sent a rather terse inqiry via the Ticketmaster website myself. Am/was starting to freak out that my awesome seats in section 118 on the 24th were suddenly complete shit if the map for the 25th was indeed the correct one.

I know, right?! I'm in 122, which is fine for the 24th, but not quite as good for the 25th. I was getting ready to pitch a fit to Ticketbastard. lol

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Reply #15 posted 09/07/12 9:11am

coltrane3

Heading over to Ticketmaster outlet to get my tickets RIGHT NOW. This thread has been invaluable because I would have got tickets on the wrong side for the 24th.

Fingers crossed that its not sold out and I can get decent seats.

Thanks Prince.org.

So the stage is facing section 117 on the 24th. That's my conclusion.

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Reply #16 posted 09/07/12 9:21am

Genesia

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coltrane3 said:

Heading over to Ticketmaster outlet to get my tickets RIGHT NOW. This thread has been invaluable because I would have got tickets on the wrong side for the 24th.

Fingers crossed that its not sold out and I can get decent seats.

Thanks Prince.org.

So the stage is facing section 117 on the 24th. That's my conclusion.

Mine, too.

If I'd spent hours on Tuesday morning trying to get the best tickets I could and then found out they were the worst possible seats, I'd be piiiiiiiiissed. Even so, what we're seeing above for the 24th map is not what was showing on TM at the time of purchase.

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Reply #17 posted 09/07/12 10:10am

coltrane3

Well, my Tickemaster outlet had the 24th as sold out. I KNEW I should haved just bought tickets on Wednesday.

And, since I need three seats next to each other, I'm in section 318, which SHOULD be to the side of the stage, but not behind for the 25th.

I've never had a problem being high up or even relatively far back (it's nice to take in the whole crowd). Saw Maxwell/Jill Scott in St. Louis from that position and it was just fine. Much more concerned about the angle of view.

Anyway, not the best seats, but I'm seeing Prince!!!

Someone upthread mentioned returning VIP tickets and exchanging them. Can you return Ticketmaster tickets? If for some reason, they haven't released some tickets for the 24th and/or I check again tomorrow and for some reason there are better seats available can I exchange my tickets. [I know, this probably will not happen, but I will check once.]

My tickets were "only" 89.50 each. This was the one time I really didn't care about price, and I end up in the cheap seats anyway. Lol.

[Edited 9/7/12 10:11am]

[Edited 9/7/12 10:13am]

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Reply #18 posted 09/07/12 10:53am

partydown12

nekronhhr said:

Just got off the phone with a rep from ticketmaster AND a rep for the United center who confirmed the arrow will point to section 117 for the 9/24 show and will change direction for the next night. Also. thank you to everyone who responded to my question. I originally splurged and got the $500 VIP tickets but then after thinking about all your posts I changed my mind, cancelled my order and got tickets for 9/24 in the lower level of section 117, row H for half the price of what the VIP tickets cost. Hope to see you guys there and thanks again.




So I'm still confused. I originally had tix in section 333 but changed them to
306 when the stage reversed...should I have kept my original tickets? Or am I in the right side in 306?
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Reply #19 posted 09/07/12 11:15am

Emancipation89

Genesia said:

errant said:

Thank you for posting this! And for calling Ticketmaster, et. al., to find out. I had just sent a rather terse inqiry via the Ticketmaster website myself. Am/was starting to freak out that my awesome seats in section 118 on the 24th were suddenly complete shit if the map for the 25th was indeed the correct one.

I know, right?! I'm in 122, which is fine for the 24th, but not quite as good for the 25th. I was getting ready to pitch a fit to Ticketbastard. lol

Um I called the United Center yesterday and today just now again to double check and both times they said what's currently shown in the seating chart is correct and final. The arrow points towards 117 on the 24th and it points to 106 on the 25th. That's what they meant by arrow "changes" direction on the 25th.

Also called the ticket master and talked to the event information rep and she told me the same thing...

You guys can called the United Center (312)455-4500 directly and hear it yourselves. Good luck everyone...

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Reply #20 posted 09/07/12 11:21am

bananadaiquiri

Emancipation89 said:

Genesia said:

I know, right?! I'm in 122, which is fine for the 24th, but not quite as good for the 25th. I was getting ready to pitch a fit to Ticketbastard. lol

Um I called the United Center yesterday and today just now again to double check and both times they said what's currently shown in the seating chart is correct and final. The arrow points towards 117 on the 24th and it points to 106 on the 25th. That's what they meant by arrow "changes" direction on the 25th.

Also called the ticket master and talked to the event information rep and she told me the same thing...

You guys can called the United Center (312)455-4500 directly and hear it yourselves. Good luck everyone...

Prince
United Center
Monday, September 24th at 8:00PM
Don’t worry – for the show on September 24th - your view, seat and section in the lower bowl (sections 101-122) will not change! Everything remains exactly as it was when you first purchased. However, since the event went on sale, the stage and lower bowl (sections 101-122) have changed direction in unison.
To view the seating chart that has been created exclusively for this night’s performance, please click here.
What do I need to do?
You’re all set – just keep your original tickets and enjoy the event.

If you need anything else, we’re always here for you – just hit reply and ask us or visit Ticketmaster.com!

Thanks for being a fan!

Ticketmaster Fan Support
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Reply #21 posted 09/07/12 11:24am

Emancipation89

coltrane3 said:

Well, my Tickemaster outlet had the 24th as sold out. I KNEW I should haved just bought tickets on Wednesday.

And, since I need three seats next to each other, I'm in section 318, which SHOULD be to the side of the stage, but not behind for the 25th.

I've never had a problem being high up or even relatively far back (it's nice to take in the whole crowd). Saw Maxwell/Jill Scott in St. Louis from that position and it was just fine. Much more concerned about the angle of view.

Anyway, not the best seats, but I'm seeing Prince!!!

Someone upthread mentioned returning VIP tickets and exchanging them. Can you return Ticketmaster tickets? If for some reason, they haven't released some tickets for the 24th and/or I check again tomorrow and for some reason there are better seats available can I exchange my tickets. [I know, this probably will not happen, but I will check once.]

My tickets were "only" 89.50 each. This was the one time I really didn't care about price, and I end up in the cheap seats anyway. Lol.

[Edited 9/7/12 10:11am]

[Edited 9/7/12 10:13am]

Don't go to outlet, they usually don't even sell great seats anyway. Yeah I'm getting 2 more tickets for my friends too. Actually they just released a bunch of new platinum seats today on ticketmaster.com for the 24th. Looks like only the box office tickets including all the VIP tix are sold out but when I called them they said they're planning to get even more tickets for the platinum seats for 24th in the future

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Reply #22 posted 09/07/12 11:36am

Emancipation89

bananadaiquiri said:

Emancipation89 said:

Um I called the United Center yesterday and today just now again to double check and both times they said what's currently shown in the seating chart is correct and final. The arrow points towards 117 on the 24th and it points to 106 on the 25th. That's what they meant by arrow "changes" direction on the 25th.

Also called the ticket master and talked to the event information rep and she told me the same thing...

You guys can called the United Center (312)455-4500 directly and hear it yourselves. Good luck everyone...

Prince
United Center
Monday, September 24th at 8:00PM
Don’t worry – for the show on September 24th - your view, seat and section in the lower bowl (sections 101-122) will not change! Everything remains exactly as it was when you first purchased. However, since the event went on sale, the stage and lower bowl (sections 101-122) have changed direction in unison.
To view the seating chart that has been created exclusively for this night’s performance, please click here.
What do I need to do?
You’re all set – just keep your original tickets and enjoy the event.

If you need anything else, we’re always here for you – just hit reply and ask us or visit Ticketmaster.com!

Thanks for being a fan!

Ticketmaster Fan Support

Yup so the maps are correct, got ya =)

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Reply #23 posted 09/07/12 11:52am

partydown12

Emancipation89 said:

bananadaiquiri said:

Prince
United Center
Monday, September 24th at 8:00PM
Don’t worry – for the show on September 24th - your view, seat and section in the lower bowl (sections 101-122) will not change! Everything remains exactly as it was when you first purchased. However, since the event went on sale, the stage and lower bowl (sections 101-122) have changed direction in unison.
To view the seating chart that has been created exclusively for this night’s performance, please click here.
What do I need to do?
You’re all set – just keep your original tickets and enjoy the event.

If you need anything else, we’re always here for you – just hit reply and ask us or visit Ticketmaster.com!

Thanks for being a fan!

Ticketmaster Fan Support

Yup so the maps are correct, got ya =)

and that goes for the upper sections as well? sorry to keep asking, it's all very confusing

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Reply #24 posted 09/07/12 11:56am

coltrane3

Emancipation89 said:

coltrane3 said:

Well, my Tickemaster outlet had the 24th as sold out. I KNEW I should haved just bought tickets on Wednesday.

And, since I need three seats next to each other, I'm in section 318, which SHOULD be to the side of the stage, but not behind for the 25th.

I've never had a problem being high up or even relatively far back (it's nice to take in the whole crowd). Saw Maxwell/Jill Scott in St. Louis from that position and it was just fine. Much more concerned about the angle of view.

Anyway, not the best seats, but I'm seeing Prince!!!

Someone upthread mentioned returning VIP tickets and exchanging them. Can you return Ticketmaster tickets? If for some reason, they haven't released some tickets for the 24th and/or I check again tomorrow and for some reason there are better seats available can I exchange my tickets. [I know, this probably will not happen, but I will check once.]

My tickets were "only" 89.50 each. This was the one time I really didn't care about price, and I end up in the cheap seats anyway. Lol.

[Edited 9/7/12 10:11am]

[Edited 9/7/12 10:13am]

Don't go to outlet, they usually don't even sell great seats anyway. Yeah I'm getting 2 more tickets for my friends too. Actually they just released a bunch of new platinum seats today on ticketmaster.com for the 24th. Looks like only the box office tickets including all the VIP tix are sold out but when I called them they said they're planning to get even more tickets for the platinum seats for 24th in the future

Great info.

But, can I return the tickets I bought from the outlet? (At least get the face value refunded. I'm assuming they'll keep payment for certain fees, etc.)

I have my "ok" tickets for the 25th. I'll check for better seats and 24th tickets online. But, obviously I don't want to return the ones I have until I have other ones secured. So, I'm risking buying double tickets. So does anyone know if you can return tickets to Ticketmaster? If so, within a certain time after purchase?

Ticketmaster website says no tickets available online. Weird.

[Edited 9/7/12 11:58am]

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Reply #25 posted 09/07/12 11:57am

Emancipation89

partydown12 said:

Emancipation89 said:

Yup so the maps are correct, got ya =)

and that goes for the upper sections as well? sorry to keep asking, it's all very confusing

Don't be sorry I was sooo confused too lol Yup so the maps at ticketmast.com for 24th and 25th are correct. So there's no change for 200 and 300 level sections.

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Reply #26 posted 09/07/12 12:05pm

Emancipation89

coltrane3 said:

Emancipation89 said:

Don't go to outlet, they usually don't even sell great seats anyway. Yeah I'm getting 2 more tickets for my friends too. Actually they just released a bunch of new platinum seats today on ticketmaster.com for the 24th. Looks like only the box office tickets including all the VIP tix are sold out but when I called them they said they're planning to get even more tickets for the platinum seats for 24th in the future

Great info.

But, can I return the tickets I bought from the outlet? (At least get the face value refunded. I'm assuming they'll keep payment for certain fees, etc.)

I have my "ok" tickets for the 25th. I'll check for better seats and 24th tickets online. But, obviously I don't want to return the ones I have until I have other ones secured. So, I'm risking buying double tickets. So does anyone know if you can return tickets to Ticketmaster? If so, within a certain time after purchase?

Ticketmaster website says no tickets available online. Weird.

[Edited 9/7/12 11:58am]

Sorry, I'm not sure, I think the best way to find out is to call the outlet and ask them if you can refund the ticket =(

Oh only the platinum seats are available for 24th. Ticketmaster

[Edited 9/7/12 12:07pm]

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Reply #27 posted 09/07/12 12:18pm

Genesia

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bananadaiquiri said:

Emancipation89 said:

Um I called the United Center yesterday and today just now again to double check and both times they said what's currently shown in the seating chart is correct and final. The arrow points towards 117 on the 24th and it points to 106 on the 25th. That's what they meant by arrow "changes" direction on the 25th.

Also called the ticket master and talked to the event information rep and she told me the same thing...

You guys can called the United Center (312)455-4500 directly and hear it yourselves. Good luck everyone...

Prince
United Center
Monday, September 24th at 8:00PM
Don’t worry – for the show on September 24th - your view, seat and section in the lower bowl (sections 101-122) will not change! Everything remains exactly as it was when you first purchased. However, since the event went on sale, the stage and lower bowl (sections 101-122) have changed direction in unison.
To view the seating chart that has been created exclusively for this night’s performance, please click here.
What do I need to do?
You’re all set – just keep your original tickets and enjoy the event.

If you need anything else, we’re always here for you – just hit reply and ask us or visit Ticketmaster.com!

Thanks for being a fan!

Ticketmaster Fan Support

I got the same letter. They know they fucked up. lol

Oh, well - the tech crew will get a little overtime, since they'll have to break it all down and flip it between shows 1 and 2.

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Reply #28 posted 09/07/12 6:24pm

GLuv4U

coltrane3 said:

Well, my Tickemaster outlet had the 24th as sold out. I KNEW I should haved just bought tickets on Wednesday.

And, since I need three seats next to each other, I'm in section 318, which SHOULD be to the side of the stage, but not behind for the 25th.

I've never had a problem being high up or even relatively far back (it's nice to take in the whole crowd). Saw Maxwell/Jill Scott in St. Louis from that position and it was just fine. Much more concerned about the angle of view.

Anyway, not the best seats, but I'm seeing Prince!!!

Someone upthread mentioned returning VIP tickets and exchanging them. Can you return Ticketmaster tickets? If for some reason, they haven't released some tickets for the 24th and/or I check again tomorrow and for some reason there are better seats available can I exchange my tickets. [I know, this probably will not happen, but I will check once.]

My tickets were "only" 89.50 each. This was the one time I really didn't care about price, and I end up in the cheap seats anyway. Lol.

[Edited 9/7/12 10:11am] I spent 150$ plus the tax and still ended up in section 205, but as you said i am still happy to be seeing Prince.Guess i will bring some binoculars;lol.

[Edited 9/7/12 10:13am]

[Edited 9/7/12 18:25pm]

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Reply #29 posted 09/09/12 11:32am

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To everyone...

Go here: RateYourSeats.com

you can get a pretty good idea of what you'll be seeing if you do your hoomework.

Enjoy the show people!! biggrin

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