Atlanta Falcons: Team cautions on counterfeit tickets

There are plenty of tickets available on the secondary market for the NFC divisional playoff game between the Falcons and Seahawks on Sunday at the Georgia Dome but the team is warning fans about counterfeit tickets.

The Falcons issued the following guidelines today:

  • The NFL Ticket Exchange ( is the only resale marketplace endorsed by the NFL, providing fans with the opportunity to purchase seats listed by Falcons season ticket holders or other fans.
  • When buying from an individual or through other online exchanges, do not be lured away from the website by the seller.
  • Fans choosing to buy tickets through an online auction are advised to choose a seller with a long and continuous history of satisfied customers.
  • Fans should never pay with a cashier’s check or wire money to the seller, as there may be no way to get money back if the tickets are not received. Fans are advised to pay with a credit card or through PayPal, which offer some amount of protection and potential reimbursement.
  • Many sellers will include pictures of the tickets with their posts on auction sites or message boards. Fans should scrutinize these tickets closely for any inaccuracies or alterations, and cross-check the seat assignment with the map on the Georgia Dome’s website.

“The NFL Ticket Exchange powered by Ticketmaster, the only marketplace for fans to buy and sell guaranteed authentic NFL tickets, provides Atlanta Falcons fans looking to buy or sell their playoff tickets a safe, convenient, and League-approved resale platform,” said Clay Luter, Ticketmaster’s senior vice president of Stadium, Outdoor & College Sports. “Through the NFL Ticket Exchange, the Falcons are able to deliver fans access to the only barcode-authenticated playoff game tickets.”

In an effort to help eliminate the sale of fake and counterfeit tickets, the Falcons have incorporated several security devices built into playoff tickets. Some of the overt security devices include a foil stamped playoff logo, thermo chromic ink, and a specially-made gloss varnish. A counterfeit ticket may be missing one or even several of these or other security features.

Fans purchasing tickets from other sources should be advised that tickets may appear to look authentic but in many cases will not be valid or may be counterfeit. If you purchase invalid or counterfeit tickets, the Falcons will not be able to offer alternative ticket options as both potential games are sold out.

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January 10th, 2013
12:46 pm

Counterfeit tickets to see a “counterfeit” team. I see absolutely nothing wrong with that !!!!!!

Chef Boyardee

January 10th, 2013
12:49 pm

My ticket is printed on a graham cracker

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Joshua Brown

January 10th, 2013
12:51 pm

We need The Georgia Dome to be loud, packed, and full by 12:35 Sunday to cheer on your Atlanta Falcons #arriveby35 #RiseUp


January 10th, 2013
1:09 pm

The Dome will be full, loud, and overwhelming on Sunday at 12:35!! Forget the 12th man, it will be the 12th Dirty Bird!!

Latte-Sipping Hipster

January 10th, 2013
1:57 pm

Counterfeit team? The Seagulls are for real! GO SEAGULLS!!!

Vu Ḉa Avant

January 10th, 2013
2:09 pm

Seahawks 24
falcan’ts 3

Vu Ca Avant

January 10th, 2013
2:32 pm

I like little boys a lot!

Bubba Bean

January 10th, 2013
2:33 pm

Hey FartRain . . . . Will they still be counterfeit if they win the Superbowl?????


January 10th, 2013
2:39 pm

There are still almost 5,000 tickets available for resale on the offical NFL site. I sure hope those seats end up filled with loud Falcons fans! :/


January 10th, 2013
3:38 pm

WTH.. I got my tickets and it shows Seagals are CRYING like a bitch…


January 10th, 2013
3:39 pm

Falcons 27
Seawalks 13

Loyal Falcon

January 10th, 2013
3:46 pm

That’s more like it.

Big Rod

January 10th, 2013
4:46 pm

Falcons 24 Seaawks 10!!!! Rise Up!!!!


January 10th, 2013
5:14 pm

I’ll also add this note of caution. Be careful selling tickets around the stadium. I had an extra ticket for a recent game, sold it to a guy walking through our parking lot, and the SOB gave me fake $20’s! Didn’t realize it til I was in the Dome trying to buy concessions with the money.

So I agree with this article. Best to handle all ticket transactions on line.


January 10th, 2013
6:57 pm

Why are there counterfeit ti Theres about 9000 tickets left? Anyway, Falcons fans check this out !


January 10th, 2013
6:59 pm


January 10th, 2013
8:59 pm

Nate Silver just predicted Seahawks vs Patriot Superbowl…