Consumer Alert: Upcoming Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Concerts to Use Restrictive Tickets

Posted by Kassy Perry

Tickets cannot be given as gifts or resold

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Fan Freedom and Consumer Action warned Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers fans about restricted Will Call Only ticketing policies in effect for all six shows at the Fonda Theatre in June. Fans should review the ticketing policy closely before purchasing tickets to the shows, which go on sale Friday, March 22 at 10 a.m.

According to Ticketmaster, restrictive Will Call Only tickets will be in use for all seats, requiring fans to present the credit card used to purchase the ticket and a valid photo ID at the venue in order to gain admittance and the tickets are non-transferable.

“We all have the right to purchase tickets as gifts for our kids and friends, and we should continue to be able to give away or resell our tickets if plans change at the last minute,” said Linda Sherry, Director of National Priorities at Consumer Action. “Anti-consumer policies like restricted ticketing strip fans of our freedom to give away, buy, or sell tickets.”

“Tom Petty fans beware!” warned Fan Freedom Consumer Advocate Elizabeth Owen. “If you buy tickets as a gift or on behalf of friends, make sure you read the fine print: they may not be able to enter the arena with you or you might end up with a ticket you can’t give away.”

For more information about the 10 Ways Restricted Tickets Are Bad for Fans, visit


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