With South Carolina and Clemson playing the first top-10 matchup in their storied rivalry, the demand for tickets for Saturday’s football game is at an all-time high.
So, too, is the chance for fraud.
According to ticketcity.com, an online brokerage firm, the average ticket price for the game is currently $229. That’s nearly 25 percent higher than last year’s average price of $186.
Popular online auction sites StubHub and eBay had nearly 250 listings for the sold-out game as of Wednesday. Asking prices ranged from $145 for a single ticket to premium packages for multiple tickets that cost more than $1,500.
South Carolina’s athletic department put out a warning Wednesday advising fans to be wary of counterfeit tickets. Fans can verify ticket authenticity at the school’s ticket office, located at Gate 26 on the north side of Williams-Brice Stadium.
The school said “let the buyer beware” for those purchasing tickets from scalpers either online or outside the stadium. Counterfeit tickets are common at high-profile games, and game tickets that have already gone through the scanning process at the entry gates cannot be reused.
Prices for Saturday night’s tilt trails only Alabama-Auburn ($350) and Ohio State-Michigan ($268) for this week’s slate of rivalry games, according to ticketcity.com.
South Carolina and Clemson have played football since 1896, and this is the first time both teams come into the game ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll.
The Tigers (10-1) are ranked No. 6, while the Gamecocks (9-2) check in at No. 10. South Carolina has won the past four meetings with Clemson and is looking to win five times in a row for the first time in the series.