The countdown for the NCAA games has officially begun. At this point you’re either counting on getting last minute tickets to see that action, disappointed that your team didn’t make the cut and are now trying to sell your tickets, or your just flat out no going.
As of today, the games are sold out; which means you could end up paying a lot more than face value to see the games. So, what happens if someone attempts to sell one of these overpriced tickets to you?
“It’s pretty unclear based on state law and local ordinances, exactly what would happen if you’re caught selling tickets outside the arena,” said legal advisor Laura Oblinger, of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s office. “State law does not address scalpers or scalping tickets. So it’s left up to the individual jurisdictions to handle that on their own.”
It’s a matter of supply and demand and there’s a ton of demand for these tickets, especially after it was announced that the Jayhawks were selected to play in Wichita. However, if you have tickets that you don’t plan on using there are some things you should know about trying to sell or trade them.
“The NCAA ticket exchange is a great place for fans to keep looking for tickets,” said Christine Pileckas, at Intrust Bank Arena. “It’s an NCAA authorized resale market place for tickets so as fans find out maybe their teams didn’t’t come to Wichita, they can put their tickets for sale on there. Or if their team happens to loose in one of the first rounds, and they don’t want to come back, stay tuned to NCAA ticket exchange.”
Now, what if you’re one of those people trying to make a quick buck on game day by selling tickets outside of the arena?
“Any person buying selling or dealing in theater or amusement tickets at a price varying from the regular box office price, shall pay a license fee of $200,” said Oblinger.
You will also be asked to leave the premises if you’re caught.
“It’ll be something that is watched very closely so if any of it is taking place we will address it very quickly, and they will be asked to leave our property,” said Pileckas.
Arena officials say that the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department will be at the arena on game day to enforce the local law against scalping.