Ticket brokers warn fans about counterfeit tickets for big LSU-Bama game
POSTED: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 2:09pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 6:23pm
NBC NEWS — The phones don't stay quiet for long at AAAtix.com in Hoover, as frenzied college football fans try to secure tickets for the biggest matchup of the season: the top ranked LSU Tigers visiting the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Owner Steve Susce has been in the ticket resale business for nearly 30 years, and so far, this is the hottest regular season ticket he's ever seen, topping even the 1993 Iron Bowl, which was blacked out from local television.
"It's a nationally televised game. It's not just an SEC thing anymore,” said Susce. “As we speak, $400 will get you in, (and that) could go up or down."
As ticket prices soar, the game becomes more likely to be targeted by counterfeiters. Real tickets have a script "A" on the back which is revealed by lightly rubbing with a coin. They also have a moving hologram on the front.
Tickets for this game that come from a season ticket pack have perforations on the top, bottom, and right side; the left side is smooth.
Also don't forget to check your cash. Susce says sometimes it's easier to make money than fake tickets.
"People know what to look for in a ticket, but they sometimes forget about the Benjamins, those 100 dollar bills, so if you're looking to unload some tickets, watch out because the money might be a little funny."
Susce and his staff know there will be another game some day that will eclipse this one...but it might be a long time before they see it.
Meanwhile, prices for coveted tickets to the big game continue to rise. Here's what NBC33 found today:
If you head to Craigslist, prices range between $200 and $2,500.
The prices skyrocket at StubHub, where prices there as high as $6,000.
Things are a little better on eBay. Winning bidders paying between $300 and $3,000 to see the game in the stadium.