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Greeley Stampede chairman: If you don’t buy your tickets through certified sellers you risk getting gouged

Trevor Reid
treid@greeleytribune.com

In this 2016 file photo, John DeWitt, this year’s Greeley Stampede chairman, talks about what goes into setting up concerts from day to day. On Wednesday, DeWitt warned fans if they don’t buy their tickets from certified sellers, they risk paying outrageously high prices.

Tickets for the Toby Keith concert at the Greeley Stampede are sold out. But they're still available through resellers, at as much as $482.50.

If they were purchased directly through the Stampede, the tickets would have only cost between $30 and $45.

"We've had all kinds of ticket scalpers take advantage of our event over the years," Greeley Stampede Chairman John DeWitt said. "We try to prevent it … but they're always staying one step ahead of us."

While it isn't too difficult to stop ticket scalping in and around the park during the event, online scalpers have a way of keeping ahead of the game: bots. Using computer programs, scalpers can grab the best tickets just moments after they go on sale.

"There's a lot of fraudulent websites out there or ticket brokers that will take advantage of our event and pretty much any concert in America these days," DeWitt said.

The problem is so widespread Congress passed a bill outlawing the computer programs this past December. The Better Online Ticket Sales Act prohibits programs from going around online measures to enforce ticket-purchasing limits. Although the bill became law Dec. 14, the practice continues.

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Through Stampede-certified sellers, the cost for tickets for any Stampede concert tops out at $45. Tickets are available through the Stampede, TicketsWest or local King Soopers locations. There are also five-packs of concert tickets available for $90 through certified sellers. For DeWitt, nothing beats visiting the Stampede box office at 600 N. 14th Ave.

"I still think the best way is to come to the park because we actually have maps where you can stand there and talk to somebody and look at the map of where they want to sit," he said.

All told, about 300,000 people are expected attend the two-week Stampede event, which includes carnival rides, rodeo and the concerts.

While the Keith show is the only one that's sold out so far, Stampede officials recommend fans don't wait too long to get their tickets. Organizers expect a large walk-up crowd during the event, so those eager to get tickets would do best to get them soon. That's especially true for those who want to go to the Demolition Derby, an event that tends to sell out.

"Don't wait until the last minute to get your tickets because you might get a surprise that they're gone," DeWitt said.

How to get tickets for Greeley Stampede events

There are five ways to buy tickets through Stampede-certified sellers, helping avoid a pricey reseller.

» Visit the Stampede Box Office at 600 N. 14th Ave.

» Call the Stampede at (970) 356-7787.

» Go to the Stampede website at GreeleyStampede.org. Convenience fees may apply.

» Visit any northern Colorado King Soopers location. Convenience fees may apply.

» Call TicketsWest at (866) 464-2626. Or go to TicketsWest.com. Convenience fees may apply.

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