The Indianapolis Motor speedway,
the world’s largest spectator sporting facility, plays host annually to three
events in three major racing series: the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (IZOD
IndyCar Series), Brickyard 400 (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) and Red Bull Indianapolis GP (MotoGP
This year commemorates the 100th
anniversary of the Indianapolis
500 mile race and recently the speedway also celebrated the 100th
anniversary of its facility (2009). These two milestone events have generated
lots of excitement for the speedway and the race, promoting increased ticket
sales for the upcoming races this May.
“Special events provide
opportunities for the selling of counterfeit tickets,” says Tom Bozikis, Vice
President of Policy and Standards at the Tri-State BBB, “so be careful with
To insure you end up with authentic
tickets and a safe transaction, the BBB has a few tips below to consider:
- If a “Good Deal”
seems too good to be true…..question it! Great seats and high demand
tickets for popular events are expensive for a reason. They are truly hard
to get! If you are offered a deal that is much less than offered
elsewhere, question it.
- Do your Research. Check out the ticket distributor
with your BBB then review the company’s policies for customer
satisfaction. Also check out your tickets. If buying online,
ask to see a picture of the tickets to confirm the seats match with the
venue and research how the tickets should look, to confirm your tickets
are a match.
- Be careful how you
Wiring money for any transaction is a non-traceable form of payment, so if
you don’t receive tickets, it will be very hard to follow up. Most
reputable businesses offer the option to pay by credit card or Paypal,
which often provides a safer method with dispute resolution services.
- Buying from a scalper
is like a game of roulette. The tickets could be exactly as promised or a waste
of time and money. If you want guaranteed seats to an event, it’s best to
work with a reputable source. Also keep in mind, that in some states, it
is illegal to charge more than the face value for tickets.
For more advice on spending your
money wisely, check out www.evansville.bbb.org/Consumer-Tips/ and visit our blog at www.bbbconsumereducation.com.