Fake tickets to the SEC Championship Game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide in Atlanta are circulating after CBS in Atlanta reported on Monday that falsified tickets to the game were selling for hundreds of dollars to unsuspecting buyers.
How can you tell if the tickets you just got are fake or real?
A Georgia Dome spokesman said that the real tickets have three very distinct factors, and that all three need to be present on the ticket. First is a glossy coating, so anything that is more of a flat color texture should be highly suspicious. Next is a barcode…every single SEC Championship Game ticket includes a barcode to be scanned, preventing duplicate tickets from entering. Finally, each ticket should have exactly three SEC holograms stamped on them.
If you suspect you have purchased any number of fake tickets, contact law enforcement immediately with as much information about the website or vendor as possible. And just remember that if a deal seems too good to be true, it likely is.
The Georgia Dome will attempt to help fans combat the issue by offering a special “validation window” at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, where fans have the option of bringing their tickets to be checked for authenticity.
“We advise fans to be attentive to the appearance and texture of the tickets they are purchasing,” said David Knight, Director of Championship Ticket Operations. “It’s important to pay close attention to the details of the ticket, especially the holographic foil.”
The SEC also released a statement saying the following:
When purchasing tickets on the secondary market, fans are advised to look for the authentic SEC holographic foil on several locations of the tickets. Two strips of the foil are located at the top of the ticket. The championship game logo in the middle of the ticket also contains the foil. Within the foil, the SEC circle logo and the words “Southeastern Conference” should be visible to the human eye when rotating the ticket back and forth.
Someone will always be trying to dip their hand in on a scam. Be attentive to detail, and ask as many questions as possible when purchasing tickets.
StubHub.com has the lowest-cost tickets to the game starting at around $400.