Georgia, Notre Dame lead list of 10 priciest college football games this season

By Alex Butler  |  Aug. 5, 2017 at 8:35 AM
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Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Week 1 of the college football season starts later this month. A recent study revealed the 10 most expensive tickets to snag in 2017.

According to TickPick, Notre Dame's Sept. 9 matchup against Georgia at Notre Dame Stadium is the most expensive clash of the year, with the average ticket price at $1,534. The game will be a 1981 Sugar Bowl rematch. Alabama's Week 1 battle against Florida State is the only other game with an average ticket price at more than $1,000. That Sept. 2 contest at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta is setting fans back an average of $1,015 per ticket.

"The ten most expensive games are a strong combination of the annual traditions as well as high-profile matchups at the beginning of the season," said Jack Slingland, TickPick's director of client relations.

"With Notre Dame and Georgia meeting for the first time since the 1981 Sugar Bowl and Alabama facing off against Florida State at the newly minted Mercedes-Benz Stadium, it is not too surprising that they are the most expensive of the season."

The other most expensive games include the Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry ($587), Army vs. Navy ($552), Florida vs. Georgia ($522), USC vs. Notre Dame ($519), Auburn vs. Clemson ($486), Oklahoma vs. Texas ($473), Alabama vs. Auburn ($460) and Michigan State vs. Michigan ($418).

"Since many of the games in the top-10 are annual rivalries, they will always be in high demand," Slingland said. "Whether they have national implications is what will dictate how the prices change throughout the season. For example, the OSU-Michigan game will always be a hot ticket for fans. However, prices will skyrocket if it becomes a semi-final game for the Big Ten Championship."

"Should the game affect who represents the Big Ten in the College Football Playoff, there's no telling how high prices could eventually go. The same can be said for the War for the Oar and the Iron Bowl."

National college football attendance was up by 257,891 fans last season, according to the NCAA. Michigan led all schools in home attendance, with an average of 110,468 at Ann Arbor. Ohio State, Texas A&M, Alabama and LSU all ranked in the top five for the best home attendance for the 2016 season. Alabama had the best attendance for all games, followed by Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio State and Texas A&M.

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