Gamecock officials issue warning about counterfeit tickets

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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, 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

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.


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Darby 11/28/13 - 12:46 pm
This just in...

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If you like your turkey, you can eat it. Period!

Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 11/28/13 - 05:14 pm
Ticket counterfeiting is a

Ticket counterfeiting is a BIG problem nowadays! If you want to sell your ticket, you can send someone an "e-ticket" over the internet. If you buy those tickets, you get sent a message, and you can download a sheet of paper that will be your ticket to the game because it has a barcode on it that will be scanned for admission at the gate. The barcode on the actual, "hard" ticket will be voided. So, when going to the gate, the only barcode that will work is the new one, on the sheet of paper. The "hard" ticket will be denied.
So, what does that mean to us?? That means that the ticket you buy off the street, or Craigslist, MIGHT be that "hard" ticket that has the voided barcode! And guess what? You won't know that until you actually walk up to the gate to get in and then be denied admittance!!
The pretty anonymous seller is long gone...with your money!

I hope there's a way to confirm the barcode on the "hard" ticket, but I don't know how.

rmwhitley 11/28/13 - 05:36 pm
I don't see

the problem. We have a counterfeit president.

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