The Pitfalls of Buying Tickets from a Third-Party Vendor

For many theater fans, deciding what show to see is not nearly as difficult as deciding where to buy their seats. And sometimes that leads to buying from third-party vendors.

Reseller tickets are expensive and may not be legitimate. Purchasing from a third-party website may mean paying five times the actual value and showing up at the theater only to be told the tickets are fake. Both scenarios are frequent occurrences at venues, including the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

So how can one avoid this occurrence? Always buy your tickets from This is the only official ticketing website of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Don’t be fooled by visiting fake websites like or They do exist, and they are not selling authentic tickets.

Calling the Box Office at 941-263-6799 or visiting the Box Office at 777 N. Tamiami Trail is another great way to avoid buying tickets through a third-party reseller. The staff is always happy to make sure you get the best seats and best prices available.

Patrons may still be tempted to buy from third-party websites for a variety of reasons, especially if a show is sold out on Please know that the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is not responsible for the redemption of – or the refunds for – fraudulent tickets sold from third-party websites and individual resellers.

For more information on best practices when buying third-party tickets, visit the Better Business Bureau website.

Or better yet, save yourself the headache and buy directly from

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