Cost of Tickets

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bigtenspeed's picture

I wasn’t a student at OSU but can tell you thiey have skyrocketed since the 02 championship.

i recall paying around $35 for the Wisconsin game in 94.

$45 or $50 for the Penn State game in 02.

Since then $70-$100 face value range every home game I’ve been to since. That mainly includes low to middle tier B1G teams.

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buckeyeteach's picture

Do you mean your dad paid $35 in 1994?

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CALPOPPY's picture

Not if he was a student.

Student tickets were about $9/game at that time. Maybe that was ‘93 or maybe that was ‘96, but around that time, the student tickets were ~$9/ticket.

Memento mori

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buckeyeteach's picture

Calpoppy, Bigtenspeed and I have been friends since middle school, and I like to troll him on here. We were both 14 and HS freshmen at the time. I'm just having a little fun. But it is unbelievable how affordable tickets were just 25 years ago.

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CALPOPPY's picture

Nice!

Yep, I missed that.

Memento mori

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bigtenspeed's picture

Yeah, I think actually was my dad. 

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whiskeyjuice's picture

I used to get season tickets during the mid to late 90's and briefly into the 00's. They were around the 30 to 35 a ticket of I recall correctly. The 02 ttun home game was the last time I was at the shoe. Since then I have watched osu in different venues as the away team at various prices but from what I can tell, it seems the university decided to cash in since that natty in 02.

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cdub4's picture

I was a student in the mid to late 90s. It was like $6 or $12 a ticket for students my freshman year, I can't exactly recall, but you could get a student season ticket package for well under $100 in 1994. Last I heard it was $34 a ticket for students currently.

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Bugsyk's picture

65 dollars for a student season ticket for the 94-95 season.  I still have the punch card.

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gobucks1966's picture

In 1900 you could get a ticket for the Michigan game for $2.40. That included train fare to Michigan and back. 1935 a Michigan ticket was $1.65 and 1950 it was $4.50 I have ticket stubs to prove it. 1949 Illinois game was $3.50 and the 1950 Rose Bowl was $5.50 1982 Holiday Bowl was $15.00 1985 Citrus Bowl $22.50

Denny

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Sunny Buck's picture

The real question here is what did it cost for a beer and hot wings in 1900 at the local pub?

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Clarky's picture

It would cost you some jail time and a time machine.

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gobucks1966's picture

Maybe interesting the 1900 game you had to board the train at 6 am at Broad St. and the train left Ann Arbor at 6 pm. You purchased your tickets at the City ticket office 203 N. High St. or Kiler's Pharmacy on the corner of 8th Ave. and N. High St.

Denny

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Buckeyeplumber's picture

As a freshman in 84 I think my season ticket was less than $40. They just punched a hole in it for each game when you entered the stadium

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mtrotb's picture

since the start of the transformation of the program under Tress?

Some guy named Woody Hayes I think he did a pretty good job here.  I thought so, but maybe I am wrong.  Tressel's winning % is closer to Hayes than Urban.

mtrotb

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Sonof'47alum's picture

Perhaps I didn’t articulate that as well as I should have.  

And, in reality, after roughly a 15-year stretch  comprising the 1980s and first part of the 1990s, where Ohio State fared poorly overall in the final national rankings (including not even finishing in the Top 20 at times),it was Coop who started the revitalization of the program to bring it back to the consistency of excellence achieved by Woody.

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OSU_ALUM_05's picture

I wish I could remember exactly, but I’m thinking when I had student season tickets (2001 - 2004), the cost was something like $25 a game-ish, which I want to say was around half the price of a standard-issue ticket for the general public.  But my memory could be failing me....

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tbdbitlbuck's picture

I bought tickets when I was a grad student in 2013 and I remember them being basically exactly half-price. This was before dynamic pricing too, so I think face was somewhere around $75 then? So I was paying likely $37/game. 

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ApollosGYRO's picture

This is kind of off topic here but i always thought it would be amazing to have the student section behind the visiting bench and AA deck in North and South stands. My take is that the shoe would be insanely loud (if we ever get a kickoff past noon again) and it would clip some of those "down in front" fans that don't cheer

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CC's picture

So I played at Union College in NY.  We had a fraternity house behind the opposing team's bench.  They were "creative".

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BeatUM's picture

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories a hour

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BuxLax's picture

...and there's a winner !

No, wait photoshop because the internet. Ah, give it to him anyway. 

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Sonof'47alum's picture

Fantastic!  Thanks for posting.

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JTFor President2016's picture

What is interesting to me, is that the secondary markey seems to have taken a turn recently, towards the cheaper spectrum, and that is probably due to a few reasons. Mainly, the flexible pricing. Before, every ticket was the same price. Now you are paying $200 face value to see PSU come to town. People looking to make a profit, seem less likely to buy up those tickets just to sell them. 

I went to the OU game in 2017 for $130 per ticket. I may be mistaken, but I'm pretty sure the '05 Texas and '09 USC games were wayyy more expensive than that on the secondary market, even though the rankings were similar in all 3 games. 

Elliott dots the eye, on this national championship win. 

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kaiser's picture

I may be giving them too much credit, but I think that Ohio State worked with ticketmaster to "break" the secondary ticket market with flexible pricing and the lower fees charged to sell on TicketExchange.  Although there are no longer more than a thousand face value tickets ($198 each) still available for the Penn State game, there were until a couple weeks ago and the number of seats still available is surprising for such a big game.  Most of this season (and in the last few years) there has been at least a constant trickle of face value tickets coming available for big games.

It is easy to say evil ticket scalpers are not entitled to make a fortune off of under priced tickets.  But an unintended consequence is that season ticket holders are getting pinched.  What used to be just a freeloading in-laws problem has gotten much worse.  Finding a friend to pay face value at $198 for Penn State or $170 to sit in the rain for Wisconsin isn't as easy as one would think.  And, friends and family don't understand why they should kick in over face value to join you at the Cincinnati game.  HD TV and millenials are bigger factors, but season ticket sales are also down because season ticket holders cannot count on the secondary market to reduce their costs anymore.  

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

Ticketmaster absolutely SUCKS as the "official" ticket agency for Ohio State.  The last game I purchased tickets for that you needed to print, those bastards charged me a $5 or $7.50 fee per ticket for printer fees - and I printed the ticket on MY OWN PRINTER!!

I wished OSU would go back to the hangonsloopy.com site for tickets.  Ticketmaster rapes us with fees.  Bastards!!!

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osu78's picture

My experience is it has been easy to sell tickets to friends at face for any game. I have a group that wants to go to a game each year, I have decent seats and it lets me go to a game each year as well. The dynamic pricing makes it easier to sell the less desirable games if I can’t find a friend who wants to go. They’ve sold on Stubhub where I at least break even. I’m not out to make a buck, just get to a game and help some fellow Buckeyes out. Of course, every other year I get the TTUN “available?” texts....

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MaxMermelstein's picture

Simply put, they'll charge as much as people are willing to pay.

A new Rolex Submariner 20 years ago was like $2,500.  Today they're $10k.  Inflation hasn't been 400%.  But people are willing to pay it, so they'll charge it.

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RyanHamby-Hands's picture

I will tell you that 2 tickets for OSU-Penn St this year in B-deck ran me $600 after tax and that was with %15 off discount from Vividseats

#MuckFichigan

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McGrind's picture

Before or after PSU lost to the Gophers?

Justice delayed is justice denied....#FTP

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Clinger76's picture

Y'all ever try Gametime App. Currently two seats in Sec 20C row 38 two seats together cost $524 with tax. Thats decent seats. App also shows you what your view will be from your seats picked. My father and I were in Philly during the weekend of Wisky game. After game we grabbed two tickets to watch Temple play UCF at the Eagles stadium. 50 yard line, 20 rows up for $54 with taxes. Its a great saver. Check it out. 

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