SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A Sacramento music school is the first to take advantage of a new city program that gives away free tickets to events at the Golden 1 Center.

Students at the Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy are big fans of The Beatles.

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They’ve been practicing for months, getting ready for a December recital of music off the album “Abbey Road.”

And last week they were shocked when their teacher Ben McClara told them they were going to see Paul McCartney in person for free.

“We had a perfect view of the stage right down below us,” one student said.

McClara had heard that the City of Sacramento gets 25-free luxury suite tickets to each event as part of its $233 million contribution to the cost of the new arena .

He sent the city an email explaining the kids passion for Paul, and was overwhelmed when he won.

“It was absolutely amazing,” McClara said.

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City leaders have decided to give 30 percent of those tickets away to people and organizations in the community.

That makes Erin Palmer, Sacramento’s new ticket coordinator, probably the most popular person in city hall.

So how can people apply?

“Any group that would fall under a recognized community group you’re more than welcome to write the City of Sacramento at tickets@cityofsacramento.org,” Palmer said.

And it’s an experience these music students will never forget.

“I’ve never been to a rock concert before and boy I would go again,” a student said.

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The students will be performing their “Abbey Road” concert on Dec. 17 at the Scottish Rite Center in Sacramento.