Is it Possible to Save Money on Sports Tickets?

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It is possible and the safest and least expensive way to purchase live sports tickets is to buy them at the box office at the stadium where the game is taking place. Most box offices sell their tickets with no service charge but in some states and cities a local and/or federal tax may apply.

Most sports teams will hold back some tickets to sell to fans on the day of the game. In order to get these seats you must be willing to stand in line sometimes up to 4 hours before game time in order to get any of the small quantity of tickets they may or may not have to release. In most cases, these are tickets returned to the box office by the visiting team. For baseball games, the seats are usually located in the bleachers or the upper level, but I have seen good box seats show up on occasion. At football and basketball games, they will more than likely will be in the upper level corner or standing room (SRO).

Call your local sports team's box office for more information about this. You will find these phone numbers in directory services or online at the venue's website. Most sports teams offer discount tickets to large groups. We do not have phone number information.

Another option might be to go to the show with cash in hand and look for people trying to sell tickets they are stuck with for one reason or another. Offer half of face value to start. The closer to show time the cheaper they will be but understand that if your trying to get tickets to a high demand event prices on the street can be very high and you must protect yourself from counterfeit tickets and unscrupulous scalpers. If someone is offering you tickets that are cheaper than everyone else is asking at a high demand event be careful. A good rule is this instance is "If it's to good to be true it more than likely is not."

How to Protect Against Counterfeit Sports Tickets

One way to check for counterfeit tickets since they are printed on a photographic type paper is to heat them slightly from below with a match or lighter. As they heat up the top will start to turn brown but be careful not to set them on fire. Just heat them slightly. The counterfeit tickets are printed on pager and will get set on fire immediately so most people trying to scam you with go away when you ask to do the heat test since they know it will not pass this test. Another idea is to have that person walk in with you and then pay them when you’re inside.

Be careful when trying to buy tickets on the street at an event. You may be breaking a local law and both you and the seller could be subject to arrest and fines so check with your local law enforcement before hand. .

Good luck, be careful and remember that your best choice is always going to be buying from a trusted source such as the box office or a licensed and bonded ticket broker but prices will be higher.

David Boitano has worked within ticket sales for over 14 years. He currently manages news and information for For information on concert tickets, sports tickets or theatre tickets, visit

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