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Verizon Arena warns of Buffett ticket scalpers

By ArkansasOnline

This article was published January 11, 2012 at 4:29 p.m.

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In this Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett performs before some 3,500 of his fans on Duval Street in Key West, Fla. Attendees at the 20th Parrot Heads Convention were surprised when Buffett made a rare appearance, playing with his Coral Reefer Band for more than an hour.

Verizon Arena in North little Rock is advising fans of Jimmy Buffett to be on the lookout for scalpers already trying to sell tickets, which have yet to even be printed.

The arena issued a release saying that "any scalper site that says it has tickets before the on sale date of January 14 at 10 a.m. is lying."

Buffett plays the arena on March 1.

The only authorized sellers of tickets are the arena box office,Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com and outlets listed at http://verizonarena.com/buy_tickets.php.

"Any place else is a scalping site and the arena cannot verify the validity of those tickets. As we have done for 3 years, the prime seats will be paperless tickets that require you to show up with your credit card and ID," the release said. "This helps prevent scalpers from NY, CA and other faraway locations from getting the good seats. If you should happen to see a scalper offering a paperless ticket by selling you a gift card, don’t. We don’t accept gift cards for paperless purchases. We want to get the tickets in the hands of the fans at face value and want you to enjoy this show and many more at Verizon Arena."

Tickets, which will range in cost from $36 to $136, go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 14.

"The Verizon Arena is beyond excited to host our first ever Jimmy Buffett concert," arena general manager Michael Marion said in a statement lat week. "He has been the #1 most requested artist and everyone is thrilled at his long awaited return to Arkansas."

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