2014 BCS Title Game Tickets Selling at Historical Lows

By DJ Byrnes on January 6, 2014 at 11:41a
Auburn's Gus Malzahn (left) and FSU's Jimbo Fisher (right)

From Forbes.com:

After appearing in the BCS National Championship Game in each of the first three seasons of its existence from 1998-2000, the Florida State Seminoles are once again playing for a title. Led by standout freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, the Seminoles were the only major conference team to complete an undefeated season to this point. Tying Oklahoma with their record fourth BCS title game appearance, Florida State would like to avoid the same fate as the Sooners who compiled a 1-3 record in those games.

But while the BCS National Championship Game will feature a team from the ACC for the first time in fourteen years, the novelty doesn’t appear to hold much weight on the secondary ticketing market. After speaking their mind for years, college football fans are now showing with their wallet how ready they really are for a playoff system to replace the BCS.

This year’s BCS National Championship tickets are currently selling for an average of just $708 dollars on the secondary market, well below the average prices of all other BCS Championship Games for which TiqIQ has collected data. Ticket prices for this year’s title game peaked at $3746 back on October 30th, but have dropped a whopping 82% since. Right now, there are tickets on various exchanges available for as little as $372 dollars, making this one of the least expensive major American sports championships to attend in recent years.


If you need us, we'll be crying into our mittens as we huddle around a raging dumpster fire of Ohio State 2014 national championship merchandise to keep us warm through the oncoming off-season.


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AndyVance's picture

If you need us, we'll be crying into our mittens as we huddle around a raging dumpster fire of Ohio State 2014 national championship merchandise to keep us warm through the oncoming off-season.

I was forced to chuckle with gritted teeth yesterday as I saw an entire rack of "Orange Bowl Bound" Buckeye apparel handing on the clearance rack at Target... Figure those shirts will end up in some third-world country any day now.

Chris Raiden's picture

In the era of the secondary market, coupled with a 92,000 seat stadium on the opposite side of the country from either of tonight's participants in a down economy, they're not selling fast and high?
Ya don't say. Supply and demand are a fickle thing sometimes.

LABuckeye's picture

I would not have guessed that after spending Saturday with my family on the Palos Verdes Peninsula at Terranea Resort. The whole place was packed with Auburn fans here for the game, and that is a really pricey resort that is nowhere close to Pasadena...

RoyMunson's picture

DJ had to have composed this.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Please .....please let college football have home games in the first round or so of a playoff one of these days ...the thought of playing an SEC team in the Shoe with the weather below freezing is..well...glorious

Yeti's have feelings too.

hodge's picture

I really can't imagine that fans are going to be any more willing to shill out their hard-earned money to see their team compete at a BCS site for a damned semifinal match -- more than likely on the other side of the country from the championship destination.
I give it four years until we go to home-site semifinals.

NYC Buckeye's picture

I couldn't agree more... If you have to choose, to travel for a game, are you going to choose the national championship or a semi-final game?? 
Sometimes I think college football decision makers intentionally ignore common sense as part of some kind of social experiment...  I was really shocked that they decided against the higher seeded school hosting the semi-final matchup...

dcbucks's picture

This is my chance to complain about Teamtix. When we lost to MSU the Teamtix rights for Auburn shot up to $500 a piece and FSU prices were already up there. Add that up with the $325 face value they would have to pay for endzone seats and the cost was $825 for "face value" seats. I don't know why these articles are talking about how face value was $325 when there was zero possibility of getting face value on the open market. That thing is such a scam in so many ways but the worst is the thousands of fans across the country that bought into a ticket right for their team and lost 100% of that money. The whole thing is basically gambling. I'm sure back in the summer there were plenty of opportunist who bought FSU or Auburn rights for $20 or so. Kudos to them for picking the right teams. These who thought they struck gold are also the ones who are likely flooding the market with tickets that they never intended on using and meanwhile FSU/Auburn fans were discouraged from making travel plans when the tickets were already going for $825 "face-value." 

RBuck's picture

They say it's better to burn out than fade away.

My My, Hey Hey

Long live the southend.

gwalther's picture

Whenever I see or hear, "It's better to burn out, than fade away," I think of the Kurgan from the first Highlander movie.  -Post written by Connor Macleod, of the Clan Macleod

Class of 2008

RBuck's picture

I usually think of Neil Young and Johnny Rotten.

Long live the southend.

UFest57's picture

Only little girls from _ichigan wear mittens.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Maybe these folks dont want to move their mobile homes 949483838485959 miles across the country from one 70 degree zone to another.
Its not like forced to sit in -10 degrees on the proven most depressing day of the year, monday after the holidays and no end to winter in sight.
Cant say I blame them...

Baroclinicity's picture

How many fans do you suppose will attend the semi final playoff games after, say, the first year?  Very few people will travel for both.  And if you're going to go to one game, you'll roll the dice on the NC game, not the semi final game.  If you think you might rather go to the semi final game because you're not sure they would win, then you probably don't want to go anyways.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

703Buckeye's picture

I still think it would be better for the 1 & 2 seeds to host the semifinal games. The only neutral site game played in the FCS is the championship game and it's worked out pretty well over the years. This will never happen though, there is too much money to be made at a neutral site semifinal and the southern teams will cry foul if they have to go north in December/January.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

BoFuquel's picture

It has more to do with the fan bases of the participants and the bad location for them than anything else. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

703Buckeye's picture

FSU has a crappy fan base, they have a hard time selling out their own home games, let alone their MNCG allotment. I ran into a FSU fan at the Orange Bowl and asked him why he was in Miami instead of Pasadena... he said the tickets cost too much for the MNCG and it was much easier to travel to South Florida than California.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

BuckGnome's picture

It will be interesting to see how next year's playoff tickets sell in comparison.

Coop15's picture

Southeast football teams have the best fan bases in the country, right?!

"People don't realize how often you have to come in second in order to finish first."

-Jack Nicklaus

741's picture

"Planes"? Was that a pun?