It could have been an odd mix sitting together in a special section at the University of Colorado's game against the University of Georgia: diehard, sneaky Bulldogs fans scattered among the families of players from the Buffs' 1990 championship team.
Officials with CU's athletic department have busted up a cyber scam in which Georgia fans fraudulently used the promotional code "1990" to secure special tickets to the Oct. 2 game.
The special section is set aside for the family members of CU's 1990 national championship team. Athletes from that team will be honored at the home game against Georgia as part of a 20-year reunion celebration.
Dave Plati, spokesman for the athletic department, said it was obvious that Georgia fans were the culprits in the ticket scam. The first giveaway: Some e-mail addresses used to buy tickets included terms like "UGA" or "Dogs." Twenty-nine people purchased a total of 123 tickets using the promotional code.
All of the tickets will be voided, and purchases will be refunded. CU officials are not sure whether the code was leaked or guessed.
"Somehow, the code got out there," Plati said.
Plati said the section was set aside to accompany 400 to 500 family members attending the game as guests of the players from the championship team.
The tickets will be reissued to those family members through the "Alumni C-Club."
The public can buy tickets for the Georgia game through the "National Championship Pack" which also includes CU's match-up against Hawaii on Sept. 18 and Kansas State on Nov. 20. Those tickets are available online at CUBuffs.com or by calling 303-492-8337.
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