THE MADNESS OF MARCH

NMU Public Safety investigating alleged scalping

Hundreds line up around the perimeter of the Berry Events Center Monday morning to buy tickets for Saturday’s Northern Michigan University vs. Michigan Tech University hockey game. NMU Public Safety has announced that since tickets sold out there have been reports of ticket scalping, a 90-day misdemeanor that carries a $100 fine. (Journal photo by Rachel Oakley)

MARQUETTE — Demand is understandably high for tickets to Saturday’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association championship game at the Berry Events Center where the Northern Michigan University Wildcats will face the Michigan Tech University Huskies.

However, a high-stakes athletic contest can bring on the scalpers.

NMU Public Safety confirmed it’s investigating reports of ticket scalping for Saturday’s game.

“We are following up on leads, but anyone that’s caught will be prosecuted,” Detective Lt. Guy LaPlante said.

He said ticket scalping is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $100 fine.

LaPlante said scalping hasn’t been an issue at NMU recently.

“It’s been awhile, but with a larger venue, I think in any arena you’ll have some of that,” he said.

Scalping — selling a ticket above face value — violates university policy and Michigan law.

The NMU Athletic Department reserves the right to cancel any existing season or single-game ticket orders and declare the ticket holder ineligible to order future tickets if it receives sufficient evidence that a ticket assigned to an individual was sold or offered for resale for greater than the face value of the ticket.

FOX-UP will televise the WCHA championship game live on Saturday from the Berry Events Center, with the winner of the game receiving the WCHA’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

Mark Evans and Dave Ellis will announce the game, with the FOX-UP broadcast kicking off with an hour pre-game show at 6 p.m. The game will follow at 7 p.m.

Viewers can catch the action on WCHA-TV at wcha.com.

Fans outside the FOX-UP viewing area can watch the game on WCHA-TV at https://portal.stretchinternet .com/wcha/.