The Golden State Warriors have issued a ticket fraud alert following a spike in the number of fans denied access to Oracle Arena this season.
When compared with the same period last year, the first five home games this season (preseason and regular) saw a 45-percent increase in fans being turned away for having an invalid ticket, the team said.
They had apparently purchased fraudulent tickets from non-verified third parties.
“Fans looking to attend Warriors games during the 2015-16 season are encouraged to purchase tickets directly from the team by visiting warriors.com or calling 1-888-GSW-HOOP,” the team said in a statement.
Warriors.com resells seats sold by season-ticket holders and are guaranteed by the organization. More than 17,000 people are on the waiting list to become season-ticket holders, and 137 consecutive home games have been sold out, according to last year’s NBA champions.