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September 14, 2017 06:39 AM

Ticket Tips For Last Minute Garth-Goers

Sioux Falls

The first Garth experience is just one day away and fans are ready to flock to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. 

For those of you who weren't lucky enough to find a ticket through Ticketmaster, there's a couple of things you should keep in mind when buying from a secondary source. 

"People look to take advantage of people when they really are excited about something or there's an emotional investment in it. And so then you're ripe to be taken advantage of by a scammer," said Director of the Better Business Bureau Jessie Schmidt. 

Schmidt says it's not an uncommon occurrence. 

"You see this around the Super Bowl, you see this around the Final Four, you see this around March Madness, so it is a common thing," said Schmidt. 

She says if you are going to buy from a secondary source, avoid scalpers at all costs. 

"Buy from a licensed ticket broker. That is what they do," Schmidt said. 

And leave your cash at home, if possible.

"Buy them on a credit card, because you have some protection then if the tickets don't work and you can't get in the door with them," said Schmidt. 

Schmidt says if you are going to purchase from an individual, do so at a place like your local law enforcement center. Because more likely than not, a scammer is not going to want to meet there. 

Assistant General Manager at the Denny Sanford Premier Center Chris Semrau says there's nothing he can do if you show up and your ticket bar code won't scan.

"It's buyer-beware. There's no way for us to validate those tickets until those guests arrive at the performance. That's why we always suggest folks buy on Ticketmaster, so they know the ticket is authentic," said Semrau. 

And keep in mind, Garth wouldn't be happy to know you didn't go through Ticketmaster. 

"He's worked very hard to curtail the efforts of scalpers and secondary re-sellers. That's why he put such a big supply of tickets into a market, and he takes care of fans that travel such far distances to see his shows," said Semrau. 

All nine of Garth's performances are sold out, but Semrau says if you don't have tickets, keep checking the Ticketmaster website just in case more seats open last minute. 

Shuttle Service

A free shuttle from the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds will be available for all shows. On Sept. 15, 17, and 22, the shuttle will run from 4 p.m. until after the concert and all patrons have left the building, the PREMIER Center said. On Sept. 16 and 23, the shuttle will start at 1 p.m. for the earlier shows.

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