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Texas, California Lead The Way in Ticket Sales Ahead of CFP National Championship Game

Ticket data shows that TCU will have plenty of its fans in attendance, likely due to its closer proximity to the SoFi Stadium.

TCU Horned Frogs head coach Sonny Dykes watches from the sideline during the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl. (Photo by Adam Bow/Icon Sportswire)

Last Updated on January 6, 2023

On Monday, defending national champion University of Georgia will take on Texas Christian University in the College Football Playoff National Championship. SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles will host the game at 7:30 pm EST.

Millions of viewers will be tuning in from home, but what does it cost to be there for college football’s biggest clash?

According to ticket marketplace Gametime, the most expensive tickets are $11,287 each, and the cheapest tickets are $484, including all fees. The average ticket currently cost has jumped 17%, from the price two weeks ago when the match-up had not been decided yet, to $1,904 a ticket.

When it comes to ticket sales for Monday’s upcoming game, the state of Texas is showing up in larger numbers than any other state with large metropolitan areas. According to SeatGeek, here is the breakdown of the five metropolitan areas with the biggest percentage of ticket sales:

  • Texas – 37% of sales
  • California – 19% of sales
  • Georgia – 7% of sales
  • Michigan – 3% of sales
  • Arizona – 3% of sales

Monday’s game has a similar demand to previous games that have had two out-of-state teams. However, SeatGeek did find a 28% increase in average ticket resale prices this year ($1,904), as last year’s average ticket price was $1,487. In addition, SeatGeek looked at the past five years’ average ticket sales to see what other information they could get from the data.

Based on the data, they found that when the teams are closer in proximity to the stadium, the ticket prices are higher. This explains the heightened prices in 2017 and 2019, given that LSU and Georgia are located so close to their game’s respective stadium. Below are the average ticket prices, the teams that played and the stadium where they faced off:

  • 2021 Season, Lucas Oil Stadium – Georgia vs. Alabama: $1,487
  • 2020 Season, Hard Rock Stadium – Alabama vs. Ohio State: $1,959
  • 2019 Season, Mercedes-Benz Superdome (now Caesars Superdome) – LSU vs. Clemson: $2,079
  • 2018 Season, Levi’s Stadium – Clemson vs. Alabama: $1,037
  • 2017 Season, Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Alabama vs. Georgia: $3,046

One interesting trend — ticket prices were sustained despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As we transition past the pandemic era, we will have to watch if it will continue to affect ticket costs and game attendance.

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  • Madeline Myers

    Madeline C. Myers is a rising third-year law student at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Madeline received her B.A. in Political Science in January of 2022. Madeline is the Co-President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society for this upcoming year. This is the second summer she is managing a softball team for her fellow CWRU Law peers through the local bar association. In her free time she is an avid Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers, and Guardians fan, and watches ESPN, Blue Bloods, NCIS, and CNN.

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