LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — “Star Wars” fans were treated to a sneak peek of the film “The Force Awakens,” while tickets for the much-anticipated flick went on sale.

Hundreds gathered in downtown Disney and watched the entire trailer, which played during halftime on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”

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“My mom waited in line in Hollywood to see the very first ‘Star Wars’ and she has her button that says, ‘May the Force be with you.’ It’s a tradition in our family,” one fan said.

Despite reports that tickets were going to go on sale after the halftime show, sites like Fandango and ArcLight began selling tickets earlier in the day.

According to at least one “Star Wars” fans, it took him about 35 minutes to purchase his tickets on Fandango, which he said required him to continual refresh his screen as the site appeared to have crashed. The ArcLight website was also experiencing delays.

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Less than a mile away at Phat Collectibles, the store owner is feeling the force.

He said he didn’t realize how big the film was going to be as it was already driving huge sales of memorabilia.

Meanwhile, Lucasfilm also released the film’s new poster, which raised questions about the obvious exclusion of Luke Skywalker.

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“The Force Awakens” is the seventh film in the franchise. The film blasts its way to theaters Dec. 18 and is expected to bring in over $600 million during opening weekend.