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Counterfeit Ticket Awareness
Courtesy: Kurt Svoboda @ksvoboda  
Release: 11/05/2013

STANFORD, Calif. – With high-profile sporting events across the country being targeted with counterfeit tickets, Stanford’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation urges care and consideration for fans wishing to purchase tickets on the secondary market for Thursday’s Pac-12 football game against Oregon.

The only way to guarantee the validity of a ticket is to purchase it directly through Stanford’s ticket office or through an authorized reseller such as Stub Hub. All tickets are scanned at entrance points to the Stadium and counterfeit tickets will not work.

“We want to remind fans to be careful when buying tickets on the secondary market. Unfortunately, counterfeit tickets are a reality, both on websites and in-person near venues,” said Kurt Svoboda, senior assistant athletic director for communications. “Fans who purchase tickets from a secondary source are taking a chance. We would like to encourage fans to only buy tickets from authorized ticket agencies."

While limited, official standing-room-only tickets still remain on GoStanford.com, the department is monitoring many well-known secondary market websites and inventory is higher than normal as the second-ranked Oregon Ducks visit Stanford for a top-five game.

Scalping is legal in California but it is illegal at venues, such as in front of Stanford Stadium. Additionally, any in-person transaction, other than through Stanford’s ticket office, involves a ticket that cannot be verified as genuine. Fans should be wary of individuals offering tickets for sale on or around Stanford’s campus before the game.

Individuals who encounter scalpers on Stanford’s campus, or those who believe they may be a victim of counterfeiting should contact the Stanford Sheriff Department at 650-723-9633.

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