GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With the University of Florida football team set to host Tennessee at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, the Gator Athletic Ticket Office wanted to remind fans that large numbers of stolen and counterfeit tickets are sold to UF’s Southeastern Conference contests, meetings with Florida State and other high-profile games every year. These tickets are sold over the Internet and by ticket sellers around the stadium on game day. Unfortunately, hundreds of Gator fans have been defrauded.
If a fan purchases a stolen or counterfeit ticket, they can be denied admission at the gates and subject to investigation. If a person is already in the stadium and is caught with a stolen or counterfeit ticket, they will be ejected and could be subject to arrest. There are several organized groups that work out of Atlanta and New York City that travel to various sporting events and concerts and sell these stolen and counterfeit items. The National Football League has an on-going investigation in an attempt to break up these rings. We want to remind fans that the only authorized outlet for Gator Football Tickets is the Gator Ticket Office. Purchasing tickets from other sources are done at the buyers’ own risk.