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Bengals ticket prices plunge with rainy forecast

Posted at 6:06 PM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 17:50:13-05

Hoping to score a ticket to the Bengals-Steelers Wild Card playoff game? If you have been on the bubble this long, we have some good news and some bad news.

First the bad news: It's going to rain, possibly heavily, according to 9 on Your Side Meteorologist Steve Raleigh.

Now the good news: Prices are plunging as result of the forecast. Thanks, Steve!

Tickets at Face Value

As of late Friday, we found dozens of upper deck seats at Paul Brown Stadium selling for $75 to $85, well below Monday's prices of $120 and higher.

As demand drops, due to the wet forecast, prices are dropping, too.

Lower bowl seats that were in the $300 range have fallen to $150 to $200.

At $75 a seat, it may be worth grabbing a poncho and going, because for many Cincinnati Bengals fans stung by years of playoff losses, this will be the game of all games.

"You gotta' go to the big one, you don't know if they're going to get to the next round so you got to go to the first one," Amanda Serfas said.

Serfas and her friend Kristin Wenstrup were among the lucky game-bound  fans we found buying Bengals garb at Koch's Sporting Goods downtown.

They were able to grab two tickets to Saturday night's first round playoff game.

How to Avoid a Scam

Travis Jackson of Cincinnati's 333-SEAT cautions buyers to be careful: back in October, two men were arrested for trying to sell dozens of fraudulent Bengals tickets, and earlier this week a man was arrested for pawning off two fake tickets to undercover police officers.

Jackson says make sure you purchase from a site with a money back guarantee -- like 333-SEAT or competitor Stub Hub.

"Get a money back guarantee," he said. "And always use a credit card." With a credit card, you can dispute a fraudulent ticket or overcharge.
    
On Craigslist, or from a sidewalk scalper, it's buyer beware. Counterfeiters can now duplicate NFL holograms, and make a very realistic ticket.

As always, don't waste your money.
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