Many people prefer to buy tickets in advance when going to an event such as a football game to ensure a seat.
However, the Erie SeaWolves warn that if you buy a ticket from the wrong website, it could cost you quite a bit.
Because of this issue, some people have paid over $200 for tickets to a SeaWolves game. A standard price for a ticket is around $10-15.
Alleged scam websites leave SeaWolves fans claiming fault for high prices.
“If you’re online and see these tickets are $80 or $100 apiece, call us ahead because when you look at that they’re not verified by us,” said Tom Barnes, director of ticketing operations for Erie SeaWolves.
According to the SeaWolves, people came in Thursday saying they had purchased tickets that ranged in price from $60 to $250.
That’s a lot more money compared to standard SeaWolves ticket prices that range from $15-$18.
“After the COVID shutdown and the return of Minor League Baseball, there has been an increase in secondary market interest in Minor League Baseball tickets, and it’s not just in Erie, it’s is somewhere else,” said Greg Coleman, president of Erie SeaWolves.
To make sure you don’t get scammed, there are three important rules you can follow before purchasing your tickets.
“When you buy your SeaWolves tickets, go to SeaWolves.com or visit the UPMC park box office, or just call us at 814-456-1300,” Barnes said.
Other people say it’s just easier to buy your tickets at the ballpark.
“We saw the long queue and said we were going to queue, we don’t mind. Then we saw these two nice guys in SeaWolves shirts saying hey we can get you out of line if you have money, and we said we had money, so that was really easy and that took about two seconds,” said Erie resident Susan Parry.
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Three home games will take place this weekend, but before buying tickets, Coleman stresses the importance of buying tickets on the SeaWolves website.