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Notre Dame tickets selling out... and scammers taking advantage

Summer is still here, but football season is already on the mind's of Irish Fans, and tickets are now up for grabs.
Thursday, you could ONLY purchase tickets online, but starting Friday at 8:30AM, you can buy tickets either over the phone or at the box office.

Fans lined up at the Purcell Pavilion to be the first to grab tickets to 6 of the 7 home game on sale, but soon found out, many of the games were sold out. Rick Kotzenmacher had been in line Friday morning starting at 5:00AM to get a couple tickets to the Stanford game. "This year it was different. Hardly anyone was in line, just three of us, and no one camped out like they've been doing for the past 20 years," he says. He believes part of the reason is in years past, ticket sales in person and online went on sale at the same time. "This year, 'computer people' had a 12-hour advantage over some of us who've waited in line for over 15 years like me," says Kotzenmacher.

He says he visited the Purcell Pavilion Thursday where he was told Stanford tickets would be available, which is why he decided to wait outside the box office at 5:00AM. "For the past decade, you'd see the same faces every year waiting outside to get tickets. Now, the very very beginning of the football season has lost all of it's fun," says Kotzenmacher.

With the tickets selling like hot cakes, the University warns ticket buyers of a recent scam when it comes to buying tickets now and during the season. The University says they've always encountered ticket scammers, but this year Notre Dame says be on high alert. There's a number of ways Notre Dame says you can spot a ticket scam. They say if you see the following, it's probably a scam:
  • An email that involves a wire transfer or money order
  • Involves a foreign country -- one way you can tell is if the language in the email seems odd
  • If tickets are on an auction website
If you suspect you have counterfeit tickets, Notre Dame says call your local law enforcement agency to report it as soon as possible. The school says if you have tickets that aren't purchased through the box office, and you think they're a scam, some clues are:
  • Printing looks fuzzy
  • Rough cuts around the edges of the ticket
  • Fonts are mismatched
  • BIGGEST CLUE: there is NO three-dimensional shamrock hologram showing the Fighting Irish Leprechauns
You can purchase your football tickets at the box office at the Purcell Pavilion or by calling (574) 631-7356 during the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 5:00PM, Monday - Friday. All home games are on sale including the Purdue game down at the Lucas Oil Stadium.  However, the Stanford, North Carolina, and Michigan games are SOLD OUT!

To purchase Notre Dame Football tickets online, click here.
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