A warning for basketball fans hoping to get their hands on tickets to the NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis.
Because the schools involved in this weekend's games at Lucas Oil Stadium are relatively close to Indianapolis and interest in the games is so high, prices for seats on the secondary market are climbing. That will lead some fans to ticket brokers, but Indianapolis Code Enforcement officials warn everyone to be careful about counterfeit tickets.
Ticket brokers were out in force Wednesday night, selling seats for the Pacers-Heat game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Friday night, they'll be working the streets outside Lucas Oil Stadium, where business will likely be brisk.
"We've already seen tickets selling online for up to 500% of face value. Some going for more than $1,000 alone," said Adam Baker, Indianapolis Code Enforcement.
Officers will be watching to make sure people willing to pay extra to see the games don't get ripped off.
"We try to create this 'buyer beware' mentality and we want to get out there on behalf of the citizens to do what we can to protect them first," said Baker.
They'll be out on the streets - in uniform and undercover - making sure that people get what they pay for. Legitimate brokers within a mile of the stadium and selling tickets for more than 15 percent over face value are supposed to have credentials.
"We've heard the stories of citizens who bought the tickets, then go up to the door and couldn't get in, whether their ticket was counterfeit or some other issue," Baker said.
Outside of the one-mile radius around the venue, buyers are on their own.
Ticket brokers who don't have credentials could face a $2,500 fine and police can confiscate all their tickets.