Police caution Missouri football ticket seekers

Friday, October 22, 2010 | 1:29 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Individuals are selling tickets for the sold-out Missouri football game Saturday, but police are warning ticket buyers to be wary.

People on Facebook and Craigslist have the coveted tickets for hundreds of dollars, in some cases. But the tickets might not be real, said MU Police Department Captain Brian Weimer, leaving the buyer out of the game and out of cash.

Weimer encouraged buyers to note the fine print on the back of tickets that says fakes or duplicates will not be accepted.

Ticket validity is another thing to look out for. "Once a ticket has been scanned in, it has to be scanned out to be valid again," Weimer said. "If I go in with 10 of my buddies and then leave and sell the used tickets, those tickets won't get you in."

"I think it's best to just not put yourself out there. Don't buy tickets from unauthorized sellers, it's not worth the risk," Weimer said.

Some websites such as, which has tickets available, could be a safer option.

Scalping tickets is legal in Missouri, but according to the Mizzou Ticket Office, the university has a policy against profiting off scalped tickets.

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Allison Seibel October 22, 2010 | 11:03 p.m.

People do need to be careful, I have been sold a bad ticket before. It wasn't even a big game but I needed to get in with my friends. He asked for $15 and I only had a $20...he was looking around to his friends for change. Me being the nice person I am, said it was fine - just take the $20. Then I get to the gate and the woman at the gate who scanned my ticket said it was already used. She was really nice and felt bad I got scammed and even though she probably wasn't supposed to, she let me in anyway. What makes me more mad was just that I gave him extra money and was really nice about it, yet he proceeded to scam me. Long story short - watch out.

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Ann Williams January 11, 2011 | 7:09 p.m.

"according to the Mizzou Ticket Office, the university has a policy against profiting off scalped tickets." What a joke. At any home game there are a couple of scalpers that routinely access the stadium ticket office via the back door and come out with tickets. The implication is clear, these men are scalping tickets provided by someone on the ticket office staff and giving that person "a cut" of their profits to provide them tickets to do this.

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