SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn., Jan. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As counterfeit ticketing issues skyrocket in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, a leading secondary ticket marketplace is advising football fans to follow these important steps when buying Super Bowl 50 tickets.
"Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers on February 7th at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara is expected to be the hottest ticket of the year, as well as the most expensive ticket ever to a Super Bowl, with average prices holding strong at approximately $6,000 throughout the week, due to the rumor that this will be Peyton Manning's last game and the first appearance of the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl since 2004. Don't get stuck outside the venue with photocopied fakes," said Jay Mullarkey, Vice President for Sales and Community Relations for TicketNetwork, a Connecticut-based secure online marketplace for the buying and selling of sports and event tickets.
Mr. Mullarkey advises ticket buyers to follow these tried-and-true steps for having the best ticket-buying experience for the Super Bowl:
- You must have a physical ticket. The Super Bowl is not like a lot of other concerts and sports events. Levi's Stadium will not accept e-tickets, credit cards or other forms of identification to get into the big game. You must have the real ticket.
- When you get your ticket, inspect it. Make sure it doesn't look like a photocopy. These tickets are specially made for the event and have a number of security enhancements built right into the ticket. There is a hologram on the back of the ticket, raised images on the front, and metallic images. These features make it a lot harder to replicate, but just like cash counterfeiters, ticket counterfeiters are getting more sophisticated. Know what the official ticket is supposed to look like, and make sure your tickets look the same.
- Make sure you buy the ticket far enough in advance to have time for it to be sent to you, or make sure you get the exact location where you will meet your ticket seller to pick it up before the game.
- Do not buy tickets in cash or with a debit card. Always use a credit card.
- Only buy tickets from known and reliable sources – namely from authorized ticket sellers or from a reputable online secondary marketplace (such as www.ticketnetwork.com). Do not buy tickets from an unknown individual or in front of the venue. Online marketplaces have guarantees that will protect your purchase. In fact, TicketNetwork has a special Super Bowl Guarantee that ensures people get into the game: "If any issue arises on gaining entry to the venue, our guarantee is the greater of a 200% refund on all tickets purchased or replacing the tickets at market value with equal or better seats, which TicketNetwork will procure. Additionally, we will have a team of high-ranking company officials on-hand at Levi's Stadium to address any customer issues which may arise," said Mr. Mullarkey.