Arrest Prompts Warning About Fake Bengals Tickets


CINCINNATI (Larry Davis) – 65,000 people will fill a sold-out Paul Brown Stadium Saturday night, Jan. 9, for the AFC wild card game with the Steelers.

Some fans may be turned away because they have fake tickets. Police have already arrested one man on counterfeiting charges. Authorities said there were tickets that could be counterfeit because there could be several copies of one ticket.

Come Saturday night, there could be some very disappointed people when they’re turned away at the gate. The arrest of Mario Riep prompted a warning to fans about counterfeit tickets. The West Chester man was accused of trying to sell two bogus Bengals playoff tickets on Craigslist for $500 each. A potential buyer tipped off police.

Playoff tickets can be printed off a computer. But several copies can be made. Wednesday, other fans were picking up their official tickets at Paul Brown Stadium. They felt more secure getting them that way.

Police said people need to be careful about the source of the seat. If there’s more than one ticket with the same barcode, only the fan with the first one scanned will be allowed through the gate.

So what happens if the ticket taker’s scanner rejects your ticket? Well, Bengals staff will check to make sure you’re the buyer then they will eject the person in the seat and then look into who sold them that fake ticket.

Best advice: get there early. It’s a race to the gate. First fan gets in.

There will be increased security for the Bengals-Steelers game. NFL security will also be on hand to help police and Hamilton County deputies. People can expect to see more police dogs patrolling as well.

Another reason to get there early is parking. There is a motorcycle event Saturday night at US Bank Arena.