BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — It’s that time of the year again: football season! Week one is just around the corner and game day ticket sales are rolling out.
In case you are not a season ticket holder there are ways to get a good gameday ticket without spending hundreds of dollars.
Whether you are yelling War Eagle, Roll Tide or spending your Saturdays at Legion Field to cheer on the UAB Blazers, game day tickets do not always come easy, but these avenues can help you out.
UAB football tickets are offered online through their website. Through the website, you can by season passes, parking passes and reserve a section to tailgate.
Alabama and Auburn fans have created Facebook groups to offer safe ticket exchange services for people who are looking to buy and sell game day tickets.
CBS 42 Chief Meteorologist Ashley Gann is a part of the ticket exchange group and she has bought and sold tickets using the exchange method.
“I have used the ticket exchange both ways so I have bought tickets and I’ve sold tickets,” Gann said. “If you end up with a couple of extra tickets and you just need to get rid of them that’s a great place to do it. You don’t have to go through third-party websites and all the additional fees.”
Not only online groups, but ticket brokers both in Auburn and Tuscaloosa offer verified tickets that they buy and sell all season long. There are two in-town brokers in Tuscaloosa and Auburn: T-Town Tickets and Auburn Ticket Services.
Candice Carden, owner of T-Town Tickets, says they can not always promise you a cheap ticket, but they can get you what you need in a sold-out event.
“Price, it’s more negotiable with us, but we can’t always give you like a cheap ticket- we’re just not always gonna have that,” Carden said. “I tend to tell people to call me when they want a premium seat or they want like a sold-out event. That’s when the best time to call us is.”
Carden said it’s best to look for the tickets for your desired game two weeks to one week in advance. T-Town Tickets has their most tickets available for purchase for a game when they are a week out. Even up to two days before the game, the options are more limited but there still may be some available.
When purchasing tickets online and through Facebook groups, it is still important to make sure the tickets are authentic.
Carden tells CBS 42 that it’s ok to ask the buyer for their information like their first, last name and phone number. Real tickets will have the dates, a bar code and seat assignment on it. There will also be a watermark or heat marking.
Happy football season!