Watch out for fake Battle at Bristol tickets

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Bristol Motor Speedway officials are warning fans to be aware of counterfeit tickets if you are buying them from a private broker. General Manager Jerry Caldwell says they see several fake tickets at each NASCAR race, and they are expecting fake tickets for the Battle at Bristol as well.

College football fans have waited years for the Battle at Bristol. Last October hundreds, camped out in the pouring rain just to be a part of the history.

Grand stand seats have long been sold out, but still thousands of tickets are being bought and resold on other websites and along the streets near BMS.

"There's going to be tens of thousands of people coming in here that don't have tickets and won't get into the game," Ticket Broker Danny Hartsock said.

He's been selling tickets for 20 years and says his could be gone in a matter of hours.

"Knock on wood, I have never had a bad ticket," Hartsock said.

Caldwell says counterfeit tickets are always a concern, they tried to make it harder for the tickets to be duplicated with a more detailed design.

"We did order a nicer ticket. They are heavier in stock, and I think they are a really neat looking ticket," Caldwell said.

Caldwell says you should still be aware, because you could buy a ticket that is authentic, but still rejected at the gate.

"Someone could lose their tickets, come to the ticket office and have us reprint their ticket, so the tickets you buy are not valid," Caldwell said.

BMS officials say the most secure way to re-buy and sell is at

"{It} can connect you with Ticketmaster, that we would encourage people to go to and purchase off that, because there we can validate the tickets," Caldwell said.

Under Bristol, Tennessee ordinances, ticket brokers buying and selling on private properties must have a business license. You cannot buy, sell or trade tickets on public road rights-of-way. You also cannot sell a ticket for more than the face value.



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