Scalping Crackdown

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A new ordinance makes it illegal to resell game tickets near Ameriquest Field -- even if the buyer is paying face value or less.

Undercover police officers near the Texas Rangers stadium will help enforce the ordinance. It took effect yesterday in what police say is an effort to make scalping and ticket scams easier to detect.

The Arlington City Council made selling tickets a class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to 500 dollars. Each ticket sold will be considered a separate offense.

It has always been illegal to scalp tickets, or resell them for more than face value. But before the ordinance, selling tickets for their original price or less was allowed.