George Strait Fans Victims of Potential Ticket Scam
By Sara Kirkley, Weekend Anchor / Reporter - email
Hundreds of concert-goers were possibly scammed Friday.
After a more than two hour bus ride central Nebraskans who purchased George Strait tickets through a Kearney company were left wondering if it had all been for nothing.
Jeanne Williams was back in Grand Island Saturday after the trip.
"It was quite an ordeal," she said.
Concert-goers said they paid Creative Promotions $299. They got a ride, hotel and food; but when it came time for the concert they were still driving around Omaha.
"Finally we went back to the arena and they told us that they weren't going to let us in. There were no tickets to be found and the concert was sold out and we'd been scammed," said Williams.
She said George Strait and Century Link representatives got involved, even taking the group's information.
"They did finally agree to let us go in, standing and watch the concert," said Williams. "We missed Eric Church, but we did get in in time to see George Strait."
Williams said she doesn't blame Creative Promotions, who she believes got scammed themselves, but other concert-goers told NTV they do.
Creative Promotions told NTV only that everyone was eventually let into the concert and their lawyers are dealing with the situation.
Gannon Travel owner Gary Gannon also took a group to the concert.
He said there's a right way to book group tickets and that doesn't include a broker.
"You're never sure what they're going to have. When we order our group tickets they are purchased directly from whether it be Century Link, Pinnacle Arena, Orpheum," said Gannon.
He said, if you're buying a packaged deal, it's never a bad idea to ask questions.
"Do you have the tickets? Are we going to get tickets? The provider can tell you anything they want, but if that provider is honest they're going to say yes, we have the tickets and we have them in hand if we do. If we don't, we're going to tell you we don't," said Gannon.
He said he hopes this incident doesn't convince potential customers to go it alone.