Since we at Popejoy Hall began bringing shows like Wicked, Les Misérables and Disney's The Lion King to Albuquerque, we’ve attracted a lot of attention, some of it unwanted. With such popular shows come ticket brokers or scalpers. They advertise tickets for Popejoy shows through their own or other web sites at exorbitant prices. Be very wary of buying tickets from a third party.
Popejoy tickets are sold directly through UNM Tickets, the agent for all UNM events. The only way to be sure you are getting a valid ticket is to go directly to www.unmtickets.com, or directly to popejoypresents.com and click the ticket links there.
Yes, there are third party ticket agents who will sell you valid Popejoy tickets, but at an enormous markup. Scalping tickets is only illegal in New Mexico for sports tickets.
We have seen brokers advertising tickets that are not available to the general public yet. Tickets for The Lion King and Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins are not yet on sale. For a ticket broker to tell you now that they can sell you those tickets — and they do — is highly suspect.
We found a broker offering tickets to one of our Schooltime Series shows, ArcAttack. Tickets to Schooltime shows are only available to teachers and homeschools, with some exceptions made for parents and their children. We don’t sell physical tickets for Schooltime, but send admission information to those attending, and no one is admitted without a child. We don’t assign seats until the parties arrive at the hall and Schooltime tickets are never more than $4 each. The broker is advertising ArcAttack tickets in the back rows of the balcony for $192 each, more for seats closer to the stage.
Clicking on the first site listed by a search engine is dangerous. Sites for scalpers often get listed above ours, either because scalpers pay for that placement or because they rig their sites to be chosen first by search engines.
We recommend the following:
• Learn these URLs, or bookmark them: popejoypresents.com, www.unmtickets.com or schooltimeseries.com. Don’t search for us; enter the address you want directly in your web browser’s address bar. If you have any questions, contact us.
• If you do use a search engine, make sure the site you choose is actually a Popejoy or UNM site. Some domain addresses will look like ours, but are not. Some will even have “Popejoy” or “UNM” in the site’s name. Compare the addresses you find to the three listed above. If the address is different, you’ll likely end up on a scalper’s page.
• Be wary of buying tickets from any third party. Tickets that have been reported lost or stolen will be invalidated in our system, but may be resold anyway. We cannot seat you on an invalidated ticket, and you will be out the money you spent for it.
• If you have any questions about tickets, call before buying. If you find a number on the site to call, do. Ask the person answering if they work for UNM. If they do not, you will probably pay too much for your ticket, and it may not be valid.
You’ve been warned. Please pass it on.
Terry S. Davis