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Hallmark to give out plaza tickets

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Very soon, more Utahns will be able to get free tickets to go to the Olympics Medals Plaza during the Games, thanks to the folks who care enough to send the very best.

Hallmark will distribute its allotment of roughly 19,000 tickets to the Medals Plaza ceremonies at 19 select Utah Hallmark Gold Crown stores starting at 10 a.m. Feb. 2.

Free tickets for acts like Dave Matthews Band, 'NSync, Brooks and Dunn, and Foo Fighters will all be available.

The tickets will be distributed in a "first come, first served" manner, said Hallmark spokeswoman Eileen Gaffen.

Gaffen said the tickets will be distributed this way because unlike Smith'sTix, their stores are not equipped to do it any other way.

Gaffen said tickets will be given out four to a person for one concert, much like Smith'sTix did in its distribution.

Hallmark stores in Utah will have more information on the ticket distribution starting Thursday. Gaffen said Hallmark is asking people not to call the stores about the tickets but instead to stop by the stores after Thursday to pick up a flier with the ticket distribution information.

Gaffen also asked people not to call stores and ask for tickets because stores will not be allowed to reserve or hold tickets for anyone.

The stores in Utah that will distribute Medals Plaza tickets are:

Afton's Hallmark Shop at the Hidden Valley Shopping Center in Draper.

Amelia's Hallmark Shop and Angel's Hallmark Shop, both at the University Mall in Orem.

Amy's Hallmark Shop at the Provo Towne Center in Provo.

Coach House Gifts in Jordan's Landing in West Jordan.

Coach House Gifts at the Cache Valley Mall in Logan.

Coppin's Hallmark Shop in Logan.

Coppin's Hallmark Shop at the Layton Hills Mall in Layton.

Coppin's Hallmark Shop in Brigham City.

Coppin's Hallmark Shop at the Ogden City Mall in Ogden.

Martha's Hallmark Shop at the ZCMI Center.

Martha's Hallmark Shop at the Fashion Place Mall in Murray.

Susanna's Hallmark Shop at Canyon Center in Sandy.

Tina's Hallmark Shop at Five Points Mall in Bountiful.

Tina's Hallmark Shop at the Country Hills Plaza in Ogden.

Vi's Hallmark Shop at the Cottonwood Mall in Holladay.

Vi's Hallmark Shop at the South Towne Center in Sandy.

Vi's Hallmark Shop at Valley Fair Mall in West Valley City.

Vi's Hallmark Shop at the Newgate Mall in Ogden.

David Wright, general manager of the ZCMI Center, where Martha's Hallmark Shop is located, said he still needs to evaluate exactly what the procedure will be for the ticket distribution, but he is remaining optimistic.

"We can handle large crowds; we do for First Night and other events. . . . We hope, though, Hallmark will also be looking into ways of putting some control on it," Wright said. "But it can work. It's an exciting way to bring people to the mall."

E-mail: pthunell@desnews.com