OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - Warriors superstar Stephen Curry is throwing a huge party to show his appreciation for the city of Oakland, to celebrate his 10th season in The Town, but there was confusion and anger Wednesday outside his new popup as customers had to wait until later in the week to get a free ticket.
"Mad. Angry. We came here to get tickets. Now they are saying we are not going to get it or we have to wait," said Douglas Washington.
In an Instagram post, Curry said the celebration will be hosted at the Fox Theater on Friday. And he told his 23 million followers that free tickets are available at his pop-up store at 472 9th Street in downtown Oakland, where his new Curry 6 sneakers will also be for sale for $130. What he didn't mention is that the store is closed on Wednesday, and won't open until Thursday at noon. The pop-up is open on game days, as well as every Friday through Sunday.
"We don't know what is going on. Security doesn't have much information. He told us to come back Friday. A lot of us are disappointed," said Shurston McElroy who had come from Richmond.
An Under Armour spokeswoman said tickets would be available to the first 225 people in line beginning at 12 p.m. Thursday who have a valid high school or college identification. The spokeswoman initially said customers would have to make a purchase to be eligible for tickets, but later Wednesday afternoon said no purchase is necessary.
Curry wasn't specific about any of those details his post.
And on Wednesday, dozens of people were waiting outside the closed pop-up, frustrated that they couldn't get the tickets until later. Some arrived at 3 a.m.
"People coming from miles away, just to get here," said a man waiting in line in front of the closed store. "We want our tickets. We got an angry mob out here. C'mon Curry, give us our tickets."
One man drove about 90 minutes from Modesto with his son just to score tickets, which weren't available.
Curry wasn't available for comment on Wednesday, but an Under Armour spokeswoman said that entertainers E-40, Mistah F.A.B., Saweetie and P-Lo will be performing during the show from 7 to 11 p.m. Curry will host the show along with emcees, Sway and Ruby Lopez.
"We're excited about the event. It just shows the true heart of Steph curry to give the City of Oakland something knowing they are leaving this year," said Mistah F.A.B.
This is the last season the Golden State Warriors will be playing at the Oakland Coliseum before they move to a new stadium in San Francisco.
"Obviously this is our last year playing in Oakland as the Warriors organization," Curry said in his Instagram post. "And it's a great opportunity for me to be able to share a little of my 10-year journey playing in front of Oakland."