Last Updated on December 18, 2022
College football bowl season has arrived, pitting the sport’s best programs against each other and crowning this season’s national champion. While interest is on the rise, so have the ticket prices for the most prestigious and high-profile bowls.
TickPick, a secondary marketplace for tickets, released insights into the New Year’s Six Bowls about ticket pricing and fan breakdowns. The data covers the two College Football Playoff semifinal games, the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl, along with the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Cotton Bowl.
Unsurprisingly, the CFP tickets are in highest demand, according to their all-in prices. The Fiesta Bowl contest between the Michigan Wolverines and TCU Horned Frogs is estimated at a $527 get-in price, while the Peach Bowl between the top seeded Georgia Bulldogs and Ohio State Buckeyes is close behind at $469.
Considering the passionate fan bases backing each of those four programs, the breakdown of which states are buying the most tickets is especially intriguing. The Peach Bowl, held in Atlanta a couple hours west from UGA’s home in Athens, currently has 44 percent of its tickets bought from Georgia consumers, compared to 17 percent from Ohio. The Fiesta Bowl has a much closer margin, with 25 percent of tickets sold to fans from Michigan and 23 percent to fans from Texas.
While not a College Football Playoff semifinal, the Rose Bowl, an annual Big Ten-Pac 12 clash in Pasadena, Calif., is also heavily in-demand for its matchup of the Penn State Nittany Lions and Utah Utes. The get-in price is listed at $198, with 34 percent of tickets bought by fans from nearby Utah and just 11 percent from Pennsylvania.
The Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Cotton Bowl have get-in prices under $100, with Cotton Bowl tickets for the game against USC and Tulane ranking as the least expensive buy at $42.
Two of the fanbases that have enjoyed ascendant seasons, the Tennessee Volunteers and Kansas State Wildcats, are very well represented in their state’s support, accounting for 42 percent and 33 percent of their game’s sales, respectively. On the flip side, just nine percent of tickets for the Sugar Bowl have been bought from Alabama, the home of the perennial powerhouse Crimson Tide.