Updated 10/15/2012 09:38 AM
With a sold out festival, ACL officials warn of counterfeit tickets
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The Austin City Limit music festival is sold out, but with capacity crowds, many are looking for other ways to get inside the gates.
Many bought their tickets before they knew who would take the stage. For the past two years, organizers say they sold out before a lineup was even announced.
"There is a lot of variety and different artists, pretty much something that everybody enjoys," attendee Paul Sommerdorf said.
Sommerdorf was prepared. He bought his tickets about a year ago.
"I actually bought an extra one and sold that to make up for the difference of mine, so I saved some money," he said.
But others without tickets had to get creative.
"A lot of my friends on Facebook were selling them, but I just went to Craigslist and got a pretty good deal for it," festival-goer Bryce Halling said.
Halling did just what festival organizers discourage—buying tickets from a third party.
"There is no guaranteeing that once you buy that ticket or buy that wristband that it is actually going to work when you get to the park,” Lindsey Hoffman, Festival Marketing Manager, said. “An ACL ticket is a little bit of an investment and we just don't want to see anybody get scammed."
This year, the coveted wristband ticket is harder to fake than ever. They now include built-in RFID, or Radio-Frequency Identification, chips indicate if a ticket is real.
"There is always a risk but you know it is worth it," Halling said.
And organizers say if you are banking on a ticket from somewhere else you may be out cash and outside the gate.
Seventy-five-thousand people are expected to attend the festival each of the three days.
The event’s popularity has prompted organizer to extend the festival to two weekends beginning next year.