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11/26/2023 03:23 PM
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Photo: local authorities
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Taipei, Nov. 26 (CNA) Police have arrested more than 20 people on suspicion of scalping tickets to the 30th BFA Asian Baseball Championship opener between Taiwan and South Korea at the Taipei Dome on Dec. 3.

As of Sunday, a total of 23 individuals, mostly in their 20s-30s, have been arrested on suspicion of violating the Social Order Maintenance Act by reselling tickets without authorization, Taipei police said in a statement Sunday.

Those arrested are mostly ordinary netizens, rather than professional ticket scalpers, police said.

Police said that the scalpers resold the tickets for NT$1,000 (US$31.6) to NT$4,600 each, mostly on social media. One individual was found to have sold eight tickets, the police added.

Team Taiwan will host South Korea on Dec. 3 at the Taipei Dome for the Asian Baseball Championship opening game, which will be the first formal international tourney held at the first indoor baseball stadium in Taiwan.

A field-level seat ticket for the opening game is priced at NT$600 on the ticketing platform Tixcraft.

The 13,000 tickets available for the game sold out minutes after going on sale at 12 p.m. on Saturday.

According to Article 64 of the Social Order Maintenance Act, those who "[purchase] transportation or entertainment tickets with no intention to use and resell them for profits" shall be handed a maximum of three-day detention or a fine of no more than NT$18,000.

The police called on the public to report ticket scalpers and to refrain from buying tickets from unauthorized resellers.

(By Huang Li-yun and Chao Yen-hsiang)

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