Video: Ticket Scalping – SEC Football Game Tickets in High Demand

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (WCBI) – Two of the biggest college football showdowns are happening this weekend in Starkville and Oxford. With all the hype surrounding the games, fans are eager to get their hands on tickets.

Mississippi is being called the center of the college football universe. This weekend, ESPN College Game Day will go to Oxford as Alabama takes on Ole Miss. Meanwhile, the SEC Network will showcase Mississippi State as they battle Texas A & M. Tickets for the games are in high demand. Now, law enforcement are reminding that it’s against the law for fans to sell tickets for profit.

“As always ticket scalping in the state of Mississippi is illegal and we do not condone it and our officers will be vigilant and watching for persons scalping tickets,” says Chief Vance Rice, of Mississippi State University Police Department.

Scalpers at athletic events on state property can be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor. Mississippi State University Chief of Police Vance Rice says buying tickets from a scalper is usually low risk, the potential for danger still exists.

“The safety concerns are not great because there are a lot of officers around and there’s so many people around. If you’re trying to purchase tickets or trying to by scalped tickets away from the game in the days prior to the game, there are obviously some safety concerns there because you never know who you’re dealing with,” says Rice.

There’s still hope for fans wanting tickets for the big games this weekend. Internet sites like StubHub allows ticket holders to sell their tickets at face value for a service fee.

Internet sites like StubHub are offering tickets to this weekend’s SEC games. However, you can expect to pay more than the original price for the tickets.

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