Fans hoping to follow the University of Kentucky basketball team on the road in the NCAA men’s tournament should be careful to avoid being scammed.
The Better Business Bureau recommends good judgment when buying secondhand tickets.
“Various websites already show a lot of tickets on the secondary market for sale to the games in Des Moines and Philadelphia,” BBB director of communications Heather Clary said in a news release. “BBB reminds fans to not let their excitement about the tournament cloud their judgment when it comes to buying those tickets.”
Here are tips to identify a legitimate ticket from a possible scam ticket:
▪ Be wary of offers that seem too good to be true. Buy at your own risk when using sites such as Craigslist and try to meet in person if possible. Always use a credit card when possible, and never wire funds to strangers to pay for tickets.
▪ The NCAA Ticket Exchange is the only NCAA-approved secondary ticket marketplace for fans to buy and sell tickets safely. Find it at Ncaa.com/exchange.
▪ Report any suspected ticket scams to local law enforcement and the BBB so others may be warned.
What will it cost to see Cats in 2016 NCAA?
Priceline.com and online ticket seller TiqIQ.com analyzed the cost to the first round UK game at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Brian Ek, a Priceline.com travel analyst, described prices as “very reasonable this year,” especially for games early in the tournament, he said.
“The same is true for airfare and hotels rooms this year,” Ek said.
The following data is from Priceline:
Average Session 2 ticket price
National average roundtrip flight
Hotel rate ranges
▪ 3-stars, $92-$249
▪ 2-stars, $60-$379