TiqIQ contacted me via Twitter, asking me if I would post this article regarding the price of Sugar Bowl tickets. Considering my most recent post dealt with concerns over ticket prices and travel concerns, I figured this was something people would enjoy reading. Go Bucks!
This year’s Sugar Bowl will deem one team worthy of entering the first-ever College Football Championship, and Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes will look to take the Alabama Crimson Tide for that honor on New Year’s Day. Alongside two of the nation’s top-ranked teams scheduled to play at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the game has also seen secondary ticket prices balloon since last season with its new semifinal formation and added incentive to advance.
According to TiqIQ, the average price for Sugar Bowl tickets is $481.32 on the secondary market, marking a jump of 70.9% from last season’s average of $281.56, when Oklahoma took down Alabama in the 80th annual game. The Crimson Tide will get a second opportunity on January 1, but will face a red-hot Buckeyes team that has won its last eight games following a Week 2 loss to Virginia Tech. The cheapest seat available to this year’s Sugar Bowl is currently listed at $211, 141% more expensive than last season’s get-in price of $87.50. The game will also be the most expensive of the major bowl games this season.
Ohio State will be up against the No. 1 ranked team in the nation when they battle Alabama in New Orleans, though their ability to climb the rankings after a slew of convincing wins down the stretch of the season has shown that this year’s Buckeyes team is for real. Ohio State will again rely on third-string quarterback Cardale Jones, who led an upset over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis last week as the Buckeyes rolled to a 59-0 victory at Lucas Oil Stadium. The team’s “next man up” mantra has been efficient all season long, with players stepping in to fill substantial voids both offensively and defensively and finding critical success on the field.
The losses of quarterbacks Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett seemed harrowing enough for the team to overcome, and additional losses to Dontre Wilson and Noah Spence also raised doubt in the Buckeyes camp. Each loss has been difficult, there’s no denying that, but the response of the team’s second (and third for Jones) tier of players has brought them all the way to the semifinal Sugar Bowl, where they’ll play their most expensive bowl game of the last five seasons. Ohio State last played in the Sugar Bowl in 2010 and saw an average secondary price of $158.48 against Arkansas, marking a 203.7% boost in price since their last Sugar Bowl appearance.
Ohio State will have to prove their worth against No. 1 ranked Alabama on New Year’s Day. The team shouldn’t find any issue in doing so, however, as they’ve consistently shown their depth and success week in and week out all season long.