Having introduced new security measures for patrons using the Banqueting Suites at the Coral Windows Stadium at the start of the current 2014/2015 season, the football club have now found it necessary to increase security further due to fraudulent activity by some of those using these areas.
From the first home game against Coventry City early last month, Banqueting Suite ticket holders were issued with identity wristbands to stop dual entry.
The club have since unearthed a fraud being perpetrated by paying customers, however, who are exiting the building and passing their tickets to accomplices to enable them to gain free entry into the suites by re-using tickets.
Club Director Roger Owen said “ As a consequence of these actions by so called fans, some of whom even call themselves Bantams fanatics, the club is not only losing money but is now having to incur additional cost in strengthening security, a cost which any real fan would not put us to.
“From this Saturday (13 September 2014) when we play Swindon, anyone who leaves the banqueting area and goes outside after entry will have to produce their ticket as well as showing their wristband to get back into the building.
"If they cannot produce both items, they will be refused entry.
"Anyone found attempting to pass on tickets are defrauding the club and we will seek to prosecute as well as imposing a life ban from the stadium.
“With Bradford City offering some of the best and cheapest ticket deals in the Football League, the actions of this greedy minority are now costing money which could be spent on other things, all of which is very frustrating for us as a Board.
"The Directors remain committed to preventing this theft from the club and to protecting the facilities and services we try hard to offer our true supporters who willingly part with their hard earned money to support us”