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Some student tickets for sold-out Aztecs game resold, marked up

Posted at 5:10 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 21:49:00-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego State is warning buyers to beware after student tickets to this weekend's big Aztec game began appearing on the re-sale market.

On Saturday, the team will put its unbeaten record on the line at Viejas Arena against Utah State. At halftime, the team welcomes home SDSU legend Kawhi Leonard to retire his jersey.

But on Wednesday morning, students logged onto the mobile ticket site to claim their free ticket for the big game in such high demand, the site became "overloaded." It was taken down and put back up three hours later, with about 5,000 students scrambling to get 2,500 tickets.

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Issabella Luna logged in again but never got a ticket.

"Annoyed," said Luna.

The news was much better for junior Matt Vinh.

"Pretty stoked ... clicking, clicking and clicking. 15 minutes later, it said I have a ticket," said Vinh.

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Expect student support to remain in overdrive, but anytime there is a game with such high demand, some will be looking to score a profit. On the site StubHub, 10News found 13 student section tickets, ranging from $107 to $251.

There's just one problem with that.

"There is no resale of student tickets and no transfer of tickets," said Steve Schnall, SDSU executive associate athletic director.

Schnall says reselling is not allowed, as the goal is to make sure the student section is filled with students.

"We've had a little the last couple of games. We anticipate it will be more significant tomorrow and we're prepared for it," said Schnall.

Over the past few games, a handful of people have been turned away. Before the game, extra staff will be on hand with electronic methods of determining if the ticket has resold. Anyone holding a resold student ticket will be turned away.

"We're going to enforce the policy we have in place," said Schnall.

Students told 10News some tickets are being sold from student to student for upwards of $75. The school says that's also against their policy and those ticket holders will be turned away.