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80,000 New Yorkers to see Pope Francis in Central Park procession

The city will distribute the tickets after notifying lottery winners between Sept. 10 and 14
City officials said a total of 80,000 people who either called in or registered onlinGetty Images

More than 93,000 New Yorkers sought out tickets to witness Pope Francis's Central Park procession later this month.

City officials said a total of 80,000 people who either called in or registered online between Sept. 3 and 7 will get to watch the pope as he travels along Central Park West Drive on Sept. 25.

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The ticketed excursion through New York's most famous park is scheduled to take place before his Friday Mass at Madison Square Garden to an expected 20,000 congregants.

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"The overwhelming response we received from New Yorkers throughout the state made clear: Pope Francis is one of the world's most important voices," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement, "and his historic visit to New York City will be an unforgettable experience."

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The administration reported 84,023 people from across the state entered the ticket lottery via the city's website, while 9,120 entered the lottery via 311.

It's unclear how the city will prevent resale of the tickets, which will be distributed after winners are notified between Sept. 10 and 14.

On Monday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter decried profiteering off of tickets to Pope Francis' events in the city after his stop in New York after one individual offered a set of four seats for $1,000 on eBay.

 
 
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