Tickets for Monday night's BCS National Championship game between Florida State (13-0) and Auburn (12-1) at the Rose Bowl are going for less than the face value of $325 and $385 on the resale market, making the game one of the cheapest-ever championship games to attend, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell.
Tickets for sale on resale site StubHub.com were asking for as little as $257 as of Monday afternoon.
"It was clear from the very beginning, that with the travel expenses and the airfare, that a lot of the people getting the tickets were selling them," said Jimmy Siegendorf, owner of the online ticket brokerage Premium Seats USA.
Secondary market national championship tickets are selling at an average price of $374, according to Forbes, which cited TiqIQ, a website that combines deals from the major ticket resale sites. That's the lowest average price TiqIQ has found for a BCS national championship game and significantly lower than the prices paid at the last two title games ($2,048 in 2013 and $2,129 in 2012).
As Rovell noted, the Rose Bowl is the largest of the four stadiums that host the BCS title game, with a capacity of 93,000. Sun Life Stadium in Miami (home of the Orange Bowl), the second largest venue, seats 17,000 fewer, while the Superdome in New Orleans (Sugar) holds 75,000, and University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (Fiesta) is the smallest at 72,000.
For the first time, in the BCS's 14-year history, both schools in the title game are located on the opposite side of the country from the championship venue, likely contributing to the lower ticket prices. The last two championship games, played in the southeastern locations of Miami and New Orleans, respectively, have offered convenient trips for SEC fans, rather than the cross-country travel facing Auburn and Florida State supporters this year.
50-yard line tickets to tonight's BCS Title Game that were once selling for $2,000, can be had for $400 today.An earlier version of this post failed to properly attribute reporting to ESPN's Darren Rovell. We apologize for the error.
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) January 6, 2014