More than a dozen people have been arrested in recent days for scalping tickets to the College World Series (CWS), according the Omaha Police Department.
A total of 15 people have been arrested since Saturday, June 18; ticket resale is only legal within a half-mile of TD Ameritrade Park, where the CWS is held each year, if the seller does not offer the tickets above face value. Outside of a half-mile, a reseller can offer tickets above face value.
Local police — who teamed up with Nebraska State Patrol — have stepped up enforcement at the event, which attracts thousands of fans from around the country each year, through undercover sting operations. In addition, digital ticketing company Veritix, which uses Flash Seats paperless tickets, is providing ticketing services for the event.
For years, the CWS, like The Masters golf tournament, has been a major attraction for street ticket scalpers, in part because the event is held annually at the same location and police coverage can vary from year to year.
Face values for CWS tickets start at $11 and go up to $125, and according to Omaha World-Herald newspaper, arrested scalpers were asking upwards of two-times face value for some tickets.