Yes, the Seahawks are back and getting a seat at Qwest Field is not easy. The worst thing that could happen is to buy tickets and find out they are fakes.
"We don't want people to drive all the way to Qwest field and come away disappointed," says Chris Lawrence, Director of Ticket Operations with the Seahawks. He recognizes that the $10 billon secondary market is where lots of fans are now buying their tickets. Problem is, if you are sold fakes, you are out.
"When they come to the window with an invalid ticket, there's nothing we can do," says Lawrence.
Remember, with any secondary market, vendor prices may be well over face value. As for choices, the Seahawks prefer the NFL ticket exchange. We saw prices there range from around $50 to $3,000.
"We can verify that the tickets you bought are valid and, if there is a problem on game day, you can come to our box office and we can help you out and make sure you can get into the game," says Lawrence.
Then there are vendors like Stubhub. We saw tickets there going from $30 to $26,000, but they do have a money back guarantee. Here are a few warnings from the experts.
Only the venue, the event or the authorized ticket company can guarantee the ticket you bought is valid. Don't wire anyone money to buy tickets and don't pay with a money order.
Finally, use a credit card. That way, you are covered against fraud. Also check with Ticketmaster or the 'Hawks to see if face value tickets are available before searching online.
"There are still some tickets available. You've just gotta check the website first before you check the secondary market," says Lawrence.