|That you are, but you still deserve proper tickets. (Getty Images)|
When you're successful, lurkers and hangers-on start to come around.
Right now, Ohio State's in the midst of another terrific season, something they've grown accustomed to in Columbus since Thad Matta got to town. But with this success has come a problem on the secondary ticket market. Someone, or some group, has been printing counterfeit tickets and creating havoc for Buckeye home games.
On Thursday the school sent out a memo, reminding and urging all ticket-buyers and fans to be extra cautious about how they go about getting ducats. In recent weeks, more and more people have found themselves turned away when their stubs didn't beep through at the turnstile.
Here's what OSU has to say about:
"The Ohio State Department of Athletics has experienced a rise in the number of counterfeit tickets showing up for men’s basketball over the past several games. The Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office reminds fans to only purchase tickets from authorized sources: The Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office, ohiostatebuckeyes.com or Ticketmaster.
"Fans looking to purchase tickets for sold out games (Michigan State Feb. 11 and Wisconsin Feb. 25 or 26) are urged to search listings on the Buckeyes TicketExchange, the Official Ticket Exchange site of Ohio State Athletics, and the only resale site that guarantees the tickets will be valid. This site is available on the Tickets site (dropdown menu) at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. About 2,000 tickets are available for the Purdue home game Feb. 7 and about 1,200 tickets remain for the Illinois game Feb. 21. Tickets purchased from unauthorized sources could be counterfeit, stolen or otherwise void. These tickets will not allow the holder admission into the event."
This sort of thing crops up from time to time. It's a huge annoyance, of course. Who here has attempted to buy scalped tickets before? For anything? Games or concerts. It's always a little stressful and uneasy. Before you make the cash exchange you examine the ticket closely, maybe hold it up to the sunlight -- as if that's going to do anything -- and almost reluctantly plop a few 20s in the hands of the man you're negotiating with. Then you pray you didn't just get swindled.
Unfortunately, many Buckeye fans have. Ironically, you'd think this nuisance would implore more and more people to stay home -- therefore not catalyzing a ticket issue to begin with.