College Football Bowl Game Tickets, Prices, Trends

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UPDATE (12/19/13): The flaming hot ticket prices that blazed following Sunday’s College Bowl selection on December 8, have sizzled. Like last year, ticket prices for most bowl games are cheaper than they were ten days ago . With the exception of New Orleans Bowl tickets (68%), Las Vegas Bowl tickets (49%), Sugar Bowl tickets (8%), and Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl tickets (3%) every bowl game has depleted in price from 3% – 88%.

Just a few days ago when the price of Rose Bowl tickets spiked on the secondary market, it appeared that Pasadena’s Granddaddy of Them All might surpass the price of BCS Championship tickets for the first time in history. While this may still be the trend, both bowl games saw a steep decline at 41% (BCS) and 30% (Rose) since the selection show after peaking at the end of last week. Last year at this time, Rose Bowl tickets averaged $270, down 38% since bowl game selections. BCS Championship tickets averaged $2,461, down 20%.

T-minus 2 days until College Bowl season kicks off! Perhaps the folks that are benefiting most from their ticket purchases are the renegades of the group, the so-called unconventional rebels who wait until the last-minute. Reasons for the drop in price? Typically demand for College Bowl Game tickets is highest the days immediately following the announcement, especially for teams who need to make travel plans. The top three most expensive bowl games remain: BCS Championship, Rose Bowl, and Sugar Bowl (in that order).

Date 2014 Bowl Games, Location 2013-14 Bowl Teams Avg. Price 12/8/13 Avg. Price 12/19/13
December 31, 2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl
Shreveport, LA
Arizona vs. Boston College $73.22 $27.55 -62.37%
December 30, 2013 Alamo Bowl
San Antonio, TX
Oregon vs. Texas $178.15 $171.58 -3.69%
December 30, 2013 Armed Forces Bowl
Fort Worth, TX
Middle Tenn. St. vs. Navy $99.46 $61.12 -38.55%
January 4, 2014 BBVA Compass Bowl
Birmingham, AL
Vanderbilt vs. Houston Limited Tickets $75.82 N/A
January 6, 2014 BCS Championship Game
Pasadena, CA
Florida State vs. Auburn $2,118.83 $1,257.12 -40.67%
December 22, 2013 Beef OBradys Bowl
St. Petersburg, FL
East Carolina vs. Ohio U. Limited Tickets $56.02 N/A
December 28, 2013 Belk Bowl
Charlotte, NC
Cincinnati vs. North Carolina $164.60 $124.06 -24.63%
December 28, 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Tempe, AZ
Michigan vs. Kansas St. $106.14 $109.45 3.12%
January 4, 2014 Capital One Bowl
Orlando, FL
Wisconsin vs. South Carolina $177.81 $115.34 -35.14%
December 31, 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl
Atlanta, GA
Duke vs. Texas A&M $129.46 $66.53 -48.61%
January 3, 2014 Cotton Bowl
Arlington, TX
Oklahoma State vs. Missouri $379.65 $189.88 -49.98%
December 21, 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Boise, ID
Buffalo vs San Diego St. $60.12 $7.06 -88.26%
January 1, 2014 Fiesta Bowl
Glendale, AZ
Baylor vs. UCF $239.92 $154.97 -35.41%
January 1, 2014 Gator Bowl
Jacksonville, FL
Nebraska vs. Georgia $127.26 $109.75 -13.76%
January 5, 2014 GoDaddy.com Bowl
Mobile, AL
Arkansas St. vs. Ball St. N/A N/A N/A
December 24, 2013 Hawaii Bowl
Honolulu, HI
Boise St. vs. Oregon St. Limited Tickets $115.76 N/A
January 1, 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl
Dallas, TX
UNLV vs. North Texas Limited Tickets $53.24 N/A
December 30, 2013 Holiday Bowl
San Diego, CA
Arizona St. vs. Texas Tech $131.38 $76.99 -41.40%
December 27, 2013 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
San Francisco, CA
BYU vs. Washington $148.45 $114.67 -22.75%
December 21, 2013 Las Vegas Bowl
Las Vegas, NV
Fresno St. vs. USC $137.28 $204.84 49.22%
December 31, 2013 Liberty Bowl
Memphis, TN
Rice vs. Mississippi St. $119.75 $85.00 -29.02%
December 26, 2013 Little Caesar’s Bowl
Detroit, MI
Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green $152.35 $72.06 -52.70%
December 27, 2013 Military Bowl
Annapolis, MD
Marshall vs. Maryland $109.22 $60.00 -45.07%
December 30, 2013 Music City Bowl
Nashville, TN
Mississippi vs. Georgia Tech $104.50 $56.78 -45.66%
December 21, 2013 New Mexico Bowl
Albuquerque, NM
Washington St. vs. Colorado St. Limited Tickets $35.00 N/A
December 21, 2013 New Orleans Bowl
New Orleans, LA
Tulane vs. La.-Lafayette $106.46 $179.00 68.14%
January 3, 2014 Orange Bowl
Miami, FL
Clemson vs. Ohio State $210.61 $174.26 -17.26%
January 1, 2014 Outback Bowl
Tampa, FL
Iowa vs. LSU $193.09 $141.64 -26.65%
December 28, 2013 Pinstripe Bowl
Bronx, NY
Rutgers vs. Notre Dame $289.53 $224.29 -22.53%
December 26, 2013 Poinsettia Bowl
San Diego, CA
Utah St. vs. Northern Illinois $96.58 $57.14 -40.83%
January 1, 2014 Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA
Michigan St. vs. Stanford $1,197.47 $838.15 -30.01%
December 28, 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl
Orlando, FL
Miami vs. Louisville $120.38 $95.50 -20.67%
January 2, 2014 Sugar Bowl
New Orleans, LA
Alabama vs. Oklahoma $319.79 $345.07 7.90%
December 31, 2013 Sun Bowl
El Paso, TX
Virginia Tech vs. UCLA $79.08 $30.94 -60.87%
December 27, 2013 Texas Bowl
Houston, TX
Syracuse vs. Minnesota $104.34 $23.31 -77.66%

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Is Kobe Bryant’s Potential Return Sunday Affecting Price of Los Angeles Lakers Tickets?

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Whether Kobe Bryant returns to the court Sunday or sometime thereafter, Laker ticket prices on the secondary market indicate that fans are anxiously awaiting their shooting guard’s comeback. Laker fans aren’t the only ones looking forward to Kobe’s return. The injury plagued Lakers roster is in need of any form of backcourt depth – Steve Nash (back nerve damage), Jordan Farmar (torn hamstring), and Steve Blake (hyper-extended elbow) are out – and D’Antoni says their 15-time All-Star may even play some time at the point. Despite all the missing pieces to LA’s lineup, the price of Los Angeles Lakers tickets for many December home games continue to rise. In a star driven league where the best players (like Bryant) drive a team’s attractiveness, their injuries and “returns” greatly affect demand for tickets even if other factors that typically drive demand up are non-existent (i.e. top product on the floor).

Following the Black Mamba’s season ending injury on April 12, potential NBA Playoffs tickets to the first round series and semifinals dropped 18% and 15% respectively at Staples Center. Wednesday evening, Bryant ruled himself out of Friday’s game on the road against Sacramento, but left the possibility open for Sunday’s home game against the Raptors. What Lakers’ fan wants to miss the highly anticipated return to the Staples Center? They’re taking their chances and grabbing their tickets because the possibility of Kobe Bryant playing for the first time since his Achilles injury is looking more and more likely. Ticket prices to the Lakers vs. Raptors game are up 22% since November 15, the day before Kobe practiced for the first time and participated in on-court drills with his teammates.

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ONE BIG TOUR

Two days before Thanksgiving, the planet’s biggest boy band made a huge announcement on Good Morning America, setting twitter ablaze and offering U.S. fans something to be most grateful for. The lads who make up global phenomenon, One Direction, revealed 2014 North American dates for their first (and surely not their last) worldwide stadium tour, dubbed “Where We Are.”

Directioners across the country are sure to bottleneck ticketing sites and thrash at their keyboards to ensure a seat for next year, after their last domestic tour sold out, in entirety, within ten minutes. Best mates Harry, Niall, Zayn, Liam and Louis’ on-stage charms have been making girls squeak and squeal since the boys blew up, so accompanying parentals: have earplugs at the ready because audiences are bound to break decibel records and give Bieber fans a run for their money when these cheeky Brits invade for their biggest tour yet.

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Price of MLS Cup Tickets down 25% Since Sporting KC Berth

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Last season, MLS Cup tickets prices peaked the Tuesday before the Championship match. On November 27, prices averaged $242, 12% more than the previous week and 11% more than the cost of a ticket two days later. The fact that the Beckham era was coming to an end was a main draw in 2012; also, some thought it could be Donovan’s last season. The LA Galaxy hosted and became American soccer’s most decorated professional club with the win. Flip the calendar to December 2013, and MLS Cup ticket prices for Saturday’s matchup between Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City are averaging $266, 12% less than last week.

Sporting Kansas City, host of the 2013 MLS Cup, sold out their Eastern Conference Championship game in less than 24 hours (21,650 tickets). As expected MLS Cup tickets were in high demand following Sporting KC’s Championship berth; at that time, the average list price of a ticket on Razorgator was $354. By Wednesday, the average cost of a ticket had fallen to $303 on the secondary market. While prices have slowly declined leading up to the Championship game, the 2013 final still boasts a more expensive ticket than previous years.

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How Much are Conference Championship Tickets?

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It’s college football’s Conference Championship week; the four top title games will be played Saturday, December 7. Who will earn a spot in the BCS National Championship? The Rose Bowl? The Orange Bowl? Much is riding on the four big NCAA Football Championship games this weekend as each conference winner will receive an automatic BCS bowl bid. With BCS National Championship game tickets up 13% since division winners were decided, we take a look at how Conference Championship games fare.

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Last Game at Candlestick Park Claims Best-Selling MNF Tickets in 2013

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Entering the San Francisco 49ers final season at Candlestick Park, the team announced that they had sold out season tickets for 2013. With just three home games left at The Stick, 49ers tickets are in high demand. The storied venue that opened as a baseball-only facility will be demolished following the Niners 2013 campaign; but moments that took place there, never will. The stadium is home to “The Catch” and “The Catch II” referring to Joe Montana’s pass to Dwight Clark for the game-winning catch in the endzone against the Cowboys in the 1981 NFC Championship game and Terrell Owens 25-yard touchdown catch between four defenders in the 1999 NFC Wild Card win over the Packers.

San Francisco will play their final regular season game on the same field December 23, in a Monday Night Football meeting against the Atlanta Falcons. Back on July 19, tickets to the NFC Conference Championship rematch averaged $293. At the start of the regular season, that price tag had increased 10% and was the most expensive home game of the year at The Stick. At that time, many felt that the regular season finale would have playoff implications come December as each team was expected to contend for their Division title. Now 2-9, the Falcons have been mathematically eliminated from the playoff picture, locking in their first losing season since 2007. However, despite the lackluster opponent in Week 16, interest to attend the final game at a place the 9ers have called home since 1971, continues to increase. Today, you’ll pay an average price of $377 to watch the historic game in the City. While it is no longer the highest priced game at Candlestick this season (prices to watch the Seahawks two weeks prior are up 74% since the start of the season), it is the best-selling MNF game in 2013 on the secondary market. For the record books, the Niners are 23-11 on Monday Night Football at Candlestick.

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Lady Gaga to Close “The World’s Greatest Ballroom” with Seven Shows

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While many think of Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden as the top music venues in New York, locals often prefer the famed Roseland Ballroom as their venue of choice to catch a show. The city’s esteemed venue in the Theater District that has hosted Beyoncé, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Korn, Frank Sinatra, and Guns N’ Roses, has announced that it will be closing its doors for good in April 2014 after nearly 100 years.

New York City native Lady Gaga will headline seven concerts at the Manhattan staple to commemorate the occasion. After selling out (capacity 3,200) six shows – March 28, 30, 31 and April 2, 4, 6 – the Artpop singer added another. The seventh and final record-setting show to her residency at Roseland Ballroom will be April 7 (Gaga will hold the record for the most consecutive concerts in the historic NYC venue). She will celebrate her 28th birthday at the first of her seven performances where New York music goers can enjoy live music off her latest album including Gaga’s most recent single featuring R Kelly “Do What U Want”.

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No Coupon Necessary: $5 NBA Games

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This month it doesn’t have to be Black Friday for you to be a savings superstar, as some of the hottest NBA teams are offering tickets that cost as much as a Subway footlong sandwich (cue the $5 jingle). That’s right, snag a seat to watch your favorite teams on the court that’s cheaper than parking—no coupon necessary!

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Drop a Dime to Watch Nation’s Top Freshmen

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This year’s NCAA freshmen class has NBA scouts excited about the 2014 draft. So much so, that their people are already talking about the benefits of having the worst season possible this year just to jockey for position. Hyped as one of the strongest draft classes in history, many feel the top pick will be one of three freshmen: Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, or Julius Randle. The trio’s star power is already on full display and is contributing to the national attention of their respective teams: Duke, Kansas, and Kentucky.

Each first-year player joined an already storied basketball program, evident by the high demand for tickets year-in and year-out from their loyal fanbases. In 2012, each of these elite squads boasted a top 5 ticket on the secondary market entering the season. The flashy freshmen are the faces of their programs this year and all are contributing to the heightened interest and 30+ percent increase in ticket prices to home games. Duke, Kansas, and Kentucky (in that order) are the most expensive College Basketball tickets on the secondary market for the 2013-14 season.

Most Expensive College Basketball Tickets 2013 Avg. Price 2012 Avg. Price
Duke Blue Devils $434.89 $264.55 (1) 64%
Kansas Jayhawks $274.76 $204.27 (5) 35%
Kentucky Wildcats $212.98 $161.42 (3) 32%

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Trail Blazers Hot Start Leads to 11% Increase in Ticket Prices

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Like the Indiana Pacers, the Portland Trail Blazers are off to a hot start. They too are seeing a higher demand for tickets to home games as a result of their stellar performance on the court. Prices for the next six games at the Moda Center have climbed 11% since regular season play began. Tickets to watch the Blazers take on Derrick Rose and Chicago (6-3) have seen the biggest jump in price at 38%. A win against the Bulls, would help quiet the naysayers who think that Portland’s wins are due to an easy stretch in their schedule.

Date Opponent Avg. Price (10/28) Avg. Price (11/20)
11/22/13 Chicago Bulls $115.38 $159.60 38.33%
11/25/13 New York Knicks $98.09 $102.91 4.91%
12/02/13 Indiana Pacers $63.71 $79.42 24.66%
12/04/13 Oklahoma City Thunder $116.74 $119.85 2.66%
12/06/13 Utah Jazz $73.45 $77.68 5.76%
12/07/13 Dallas Mavericks $91.15 $102.81 12.80%
 TOTAL $92.05 $101.84 10.63%

Portland finished last year’s campaign at 33-49, losing their last 13 and missing the postseason for the second year in a row; and while the Trail Blazers young core around two-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge and 2013 Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard was projected to improve this season with the additions of former top-5 pick Thomas Robinson and 2013 first round draft pick CJ McCollum, many were wondering if they should believe the hype. While we are only 11 games in, the team is 6th in the league in points per game and that is without their rookie guard McCollum (broken foot). Portland’s offense is soaring; the Blazers are one of the elite three point shooting teams in the league, raking in the fourth most 3-pointers with 10, but also shooting with the fourth best percentage (.422). Aldridge is averaging 22.6 points a game and according to NBA.com is on pace to challenge the record for most midrange jumpers attempted in a season (currently held by Michael Jordan). At 9-2, the Blazers have logged their franchise’s best record to start the season since 1999.

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