Nov. 23, 2011
For the upcoming Iron Bowl game on Saturday, Nov. 26 at Jordan-Hare Stadium, the Auburn Athletic Ticket Office is reminding fans to use caution regarding the possibility of counterfeit tickets. The only authorized outlets for Iron Bowl tickets are the Auburn and Alabama Athletic Ticket offices. Purchasing tickets from other sources is done at the buyers' own risk.
Fans can verify the authenticity of their tickets outside JHS at the Ticket Office at the Auburn Arena, Plainsman Park Ticket Booth, or any of the Guest Services booths outside of JHS.
Officials from EOG, located at each gate, are instructed to not allow counterfeit tickets to enter the stadium. If a counterfeit ticket is discovered, the ticket holder will be escorted out of the stadium.
Listed are several educational points regarding counterfeit tickets as well as several security measures to ensure fans that they possess authentic tickets.
Use Caution: Fans should exercise caution when approached in outer parking lots. Counterfeit sellers have been known to travel by bicycle so they can move away quickly if approached by law enforcement.
Check the Section: If the ticket is for sections 17-27 or the upper part of section 28 (rows 28-48) it is counterfeit. This is the Auburn Student Section and no tickets are printed for these sections.
Crisp vs. Grainy: Counterfeit tickets are high quality color copies on similar paper stock to the originals. When inspected closer, counterfeit tickets will appear slightly darker in color. The photo on the ticket will appear grainier and of less quality than an original ticket. Sometimes the ticket can appear off-center as well.
Auburn Football Tickets are printed with four different security features. Three are easily identifiable.
Security Feature 1: The front of the Auburn ticket features a silver security foil in the shape of the "AU" logo. This is the easiest security feature to check at a quick glance. When turned slightly towards the light, the foil features a unique "wagon wheel" mark and the words "Valid", "Authentic", and "Secure" can be seen. If the silver foil does not feature this unique "wagon wheel" logo, it should be considered counterfeit. Recent examples of counterfeit tickets have featured similar silver foil with the words "secure, "authentic", and a circular logo. This is likely a copied version of the unique Auburn security foil and will appear dull and harder to distinguish when held toward light. Counterfeit versions have also featured a silver foil that features stars when held to light. The die cut around the "AU" logo will likely be less clean and crisp on counterfeit versions.
Security Feature 2:
The back of the Auburn ticket features a stadium diagram. If an individual takes a coin or key and rubs in the center of the stadium diagram, the "AU" logo will appear. This is one of the best security features but difficult to check when approached by a seller.
Security Feature 3: Auburn football tickets are printed on a 10 pt. safety back premium ticket stock. The back of the ticket features the "WW&L Safety" watermark. When torn, a red-colored center is exposed. Recent examples of counterfeit tickets have been able to duplicate the pinkish/red center. The watermark will also show up on a color copied counterfeit.
Security Feature 4: If swabbed with bleach, the back of the ticket will turn pink. If swabbed with paint thinner, the back of the ticket will also reveal blue flecks. If illuminated by a UV light, the back of the ticket will have short, randomly placed fibers that appear green in color.
Before Buying Tickets from Individuals:
-Check for the unique "wagon wheel" in the silver foil "AU" logo on the front of the ticket
-Check the clarity of the ticket. Does the picture appear grainy or is the centering off?
-Tell the seller about the scratch-off "AU" logo on the back. Ask if they will let you rub it with a coin to check the ticket's authenticity. If they refuse, use caution.
-Ask the seller if they will accompany you to the Auburn Arena Ticket Office or the West Will Call Booth to verify authenticity of the ticket. A ticket office staff member will check security features and verify if the ticket is authentic. If they refuse, use caution.
- Fans can verify the authenticity of their tickets outside JHS at the Ticket Office at the Auburn Arena, Plainsman Park Ticket Booth, or any of the Guest Services booths outside of JHS.
-If you suspect an individual is selling counterfeit tickets, please alert the nearest law enforcement officer you see.