Thousands descending on Scranton this weekend

More than 2,000 tickets have been sold for this weekend’s “The Office” convention, but officials are saying that thousands more could show up for the “Scranton party.”

Most of the tickets sold so far have gone to out-of-town visitors, according to a front page story on Yahoo — one of dozens of news articles about the convention to have appeared in national media this month.

In addition to ticket holders, many others will likely show up for the fun.

Fans have been making pilgrimages to Scranton, a small city about 100 miles north of Philadelphia, to check out real-life landmarks referenced on the show, from Poor Richard’s pub and Farley’s restaurant to Lake Wallenpaupack and the Lackawanna County Coal Mine Tour.

[Read more about The ‘Scranton Party‘]

Some involved with preparing for the convention have indicated that it could attract a crowd to second only to that of the annual Scranton St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the nation’s second largest, which brings as many as 100,000 to the city.

The event will begin Friday morning with a Royal Welcome for Al Roker of NBC’s “Today” show. Roker will broadcast beginning at 7 a.m.

A special university section will be open beginning at 6:30 a.m. to students, faculty and staff with a Royal Card. The first 2,000 admitted to the University section will receive a free purple University of Scranton t-shirt.

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