A sort of black market hit the sidewalks and social media sites of Florida State University last week when student tickets completely sold out for the highly anticipated FSU-Miami football game, according to FSUNews.com.
For many students, the solution was simple: buy, sell or swap student IDs to get into the game. One Florida State student was far from worried about being caught, boasting a $170 profit by utilizing their single ticket to admit their self, as well as two others.
Not all students were as lucky though. Another student who tried to use an ID which did belong to them was denied admittance to the game because the face on the student ID was scratched out, and staff could not positively identify the card matched the cardholder.
Prior to the big game, FSU’s athletic department also responded to the increased concerns of ID trading and selling, sending a university-wide email explaining the regulations and rules regarding student IDs, which prohibit students from selling, trading and manufacturing FSU IDs.
For high priority games such as the one against Miami the tickets are disbursed by a three-window system linked directly to students’ loyalty points. The more points they have, the earlier they can receive tickets to the game.