To say that Akron, Ohio, has LeBron James fever would be an understatement. On July 30, the much-ballyhooed LeBron James Sprite ‘6 Mix’ limited edition version hit the streets of the Rubber City, with some gobbling down the 19.2 fluid ounces of the lemon-lime soda that features natural cherry, orange and other flavors. Other enterprising souls turned to eBay to list their new and unopened versions of the drink, which sports a golden crown on the logo, fit for King James’ return, and priced up to nearly $5,000 for the buying.
The tall green cans, each filled with 230 calories worth of the concoction – which also comes with a whopping 58 grams of sugar per serving – aren’t the only low-sodium commodity related to Northeastern Ohio’s native son that are causing a stir in the city. A welcome home party for the basketball phenomenon has been scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m. on August 8, at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium Summa Field. It’s an event that many people around these parts bemoaned missing out on getting when the first round of free tickets were given away on Monday at 10 a.m. – much sought tickets that were gone without hours, leaving seekers staring at circular “wait” icons in dismay.
Another round of free tickets will be offered on Wednesday, July 30, beginning at 6 p.m. via Ticketmaster, reports the Akron Beacon Journal, with the publication providing a direct link to the second round of welcome-home party tickets. Those seeking to gain tickets can only access them online, and not via the phone, in order to attempt and secure a spot within the stadium, which can hold 30,000 people. While officials will not state how many tickets have already been distributed, a search for “LeBron James InfoCision” and other related search terms on eBay shows additional enterprising sellers listing the free tickets for sale as high as $45 each as of this writing.