Homecoming ticket options still available

Friday, October 22, 2010 | 5:46 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Tickets to the MU homecoming game against Oklahoma sold out on Wednesday, but there are still a few ways to get in, especially if you have cash to spare.

Ticket resale sites such as StubHub and Ticket Liquidator sell tickets through a third party, but they offer a guarantee that the tickets purchased through the site are real. Prices range from $88 to $550.

Tickets being sold on sites such as Craigslist and Facebook do not offer the same promise of authenticity, but offer them for as low as $50 and as much as $250 for individuals. Groups of tickets are being sold for as much as $1,000.

But the tickets might not be real, said MU Police Capt. 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 real 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.

Scalping tickets is legal in Missouri, but according to Mizzou Ticket Office, the university has a policy against profiting off scalped tickets, which is found on the back of each ticket.

Meanwhile, over at the Home Depot on Clark Lane, winners of the Most Colorful Fan Competition were scheduled to be chosen at 5 and 6 p.m. Friday by store manager Jim Polacek and representatives of ESPN's "College GameDay," Brian Woerner and Leslie Baker. The creators of the best signs made from the materials provided were scheduled to win two tickets to the game and two backstage passes to the show.

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