“How can you assure me that these tickets are real?” I asked Will on the phone, after responding to his craigslist post that offered two tickets to the Syracuse/Notre Dame football game.
“They’re hard Ticketmaster tickets bro, and I can give you the receipt too.”
So we arranged for me to meet his sister at the train station. She arrived on time and handed me the tickets. They even had the perforated edges. They could not have looked more legit. So I gave her $160 and drove home.
The next day, I met my sister at Yankee Stadium. We were rocking our orange and blue winter hats and were ready to go. When we got to the entrance of our gate, it was a complete mob scene. A sea of fans cramped together, waiting to get through three portable metal detectors. It was hostile. The aroma of cheap beer filled the air. Everyone was growing impatient. The game was about to start.
Suddenly, empathetic fans inside the stadium came over to the closed gates and pushed them open. We all bum rushed in. There was no way the stadium staff could hold us back. We were in, on time and we didn’t even need to empty our pockets or endure a creepy security pat down. Most importantly, we never showed our tickets.
We went to our seats. Section 126, Row 14, Seats 8 and 9. They are great seats, albeit in the Notre Dame section. Late in the first quarter, Syracuse was already down by double digits. Then things took a turn for the worse. Three guys came into our row holding tickets that said, “Section 126, Row 14, Seats 7, 8 and 9.”
Someone had fake tickets. Take a guess who. Your choices:
A. Notre Dame fans who drove 700 miles with laminated tickets you might see at the Super Bowl
B. Me – the guy who bought his on craigslist well under face value.
A flurry of texts ensued from me to Will (hmmm, I just noticed the receipt says Jason):
As you can see, I received no response from Will/Jason. So I moved on to his ‘sister.’ I got her number when we were coordinating the exchange at the train station.
So is the end of the story. For now. I’ve reported them to Craigslist and will continue harassing them via text and calls until I get through. I’m also watching Craigslist for similarly written posts. The end goal is to catch them in the act. I’m afraid of what I might do if I get that far. Syracuse may have been trounced by Notre Dame, but this game is far from over.