While the Predators were busy earning their first win of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night, Metro Police in Nashville were busy making several arrests.
As many as 11, to be exact, but there were a few that stood out from the typical drunk and disorderly bookings. An affidavit reveals that police arrested three men selling counterfeit tickets, FOX 17 News Nashville reports.
A 32-year-old man, who was reportedly spotted holding a sign advertising Stanley Cup tickets, was found to be operating in connection with another man allegedly selling fake ticket stubs near Nashville’s Hilton hotel. A third man, 39, was allegedly caught trying to sell four counterfeit tickets for $800 each.
In order to combat the sale of counterfeit tickets, the Predators organization had implemented the “Grow the Gold” ticket policy during the Stanley Cup playoffs. Featuring mobile-entry only, as well as a no-resale policy, “Grow the Gold” works to ensure fans purchase legitimate tickets from trusted sources such as Ticketmaster and the Predators team website.
“We work hard to limit fraudulent tickets for all Bridgestone Arena events,” Nat Harden, Senior Vice President of Tickets shared with Fox 17 News. “We are grateful to be in a position of hosting sold-out Predators games and Arena events year-long and will continue to encourage fans to avoid secondary markets for ticket purchases.”
With the Bridgestone Arena playing host to the hottest show in Tennessee, Predators reps have reported an increase in counterfeiters attempting to sell fraudulent tickets to hapless hockey fans. Games 3 and 4 had sold out well before the Stanley Cup final shifted to Nashville, creating an opportunity for counterfeiters to potentially scam the fervent fans who missed out on the box office.
And while “Grow the Gold” is a solid safety precaution, the NHL has doubled down on counterfeit awareness, providing fans looking for tickets or merchandise with a shopping checklist to ensure they don’t fall victim to a scam.
- Check for the NHL hologram hangtag or sticker
- Look for a sewn-in or screen-printed label identifying a licensee that has been authorized by the NHL to produce “officially licensed” merchandise. Make sure that any sewn-in tags or labels are intact and not ripped
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