Be careful about where you get your concert tickets.
More than 200 fans learned that the tough way Friday night. Several groups of George Strait fans bused in from Kearney and Grand Island, Neb., to see the country star's show at the CenturyLink Center only to find their tickets were fakes.
The fans — all 215 of them — purchased the tickets with packages that included hotel rooms and the bus trip, but the seller gave them bogus tickets.
The story has a happy ending. Strait's tour promoter and the arena's staff worked together to fit all of them into the sold-out arena.
“We feel terrible,” said Kate McMahon, vice president of marketing for the Messina Group, Strait's tour promoter. “But we squeezed 'em all in.”
McMahon worked with CenturyLink Center officials to find the fans somewhere to sit, which included using some scattered seats that weren't claimed and squeezing more in the arena's press box.
Officials urged all fans to buy tickets from a reputable seller because in most other instances a fake ticket will get you turned down at the door.
“People need to remember we can't accommodate all the people this happens to, and we have a lot of sold-out shows coming,” said arena spokewoman Kristi Andersen.