2012 Rose Bowl Game Should be an Instant Classic

The Rose Bowl Game is the oldest bowl game in college football. The 2012 edition between the Pac 12 Champion Oregon Ducks and the Big Ten Champion Wisconsin Badgers has all of the makings of an instant classic.

With the high-profile offenses of both the Ducks and the Badgers, perennially two of the top football programs in the country, the game figures to be a high-scoring and entertaining game, perfect to kick off the BCS Bowl Games.   As a result of this, besides the BCS National Championship Game, the 2012 Rose Bowl Game is the most expensive bowl game to attend this season.  However, ticket prices for the 2012 Rose Bowl Game have fallen steadily since the matchup was announced.

2012 BCS Game Average Ticket Prices

BCS National Championship Game Superdome New Orleans LA 1/9/12 $1844.18
Rose Bowl (Oregon vs Wisconsin) Rose Bowl Pasadena CA 1/2/12 $259.09
Fiesta Bowl (Oklahoma State vs Stanford) University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale AZ 1/2/12 $225.33
Sugar Bowl (Michigan vs Virginia Tech) Superdome New Orleans LA 1/3/12 $175.12
Orange Bowl (Clemson vs West Virginia) Sun Life Stadium Miami FL 1/4/12 $119

Although ticket prices for this year’s game are comparatively high compared to the other bowl games, they are 18% lower than prices for last year’s Rose Bowl Game between Wisconsin and TCU.  Ticket prices for the 2011 Rose Bowl Game averaged $312.08 per seat.2012 Rose Bowl Game Ticket Prices

Ticket Prices Have Decreased Consistently Through December

The match-up between Oregon and Wisconsin was finalized after the conference championship games on December 3rd.  In the three days following the announcement of the match-up, ticket prices averaged $397.11.  Since then, prices have fallen nearly every day, to their lowest point of $133.31 on December 25th.

This is lower than the face value of tickets allocated to both Oregon and Wisconsin, which was $150.  Last year, the face value of Rose Bowl Game tickets was $145 and average ticket prices on the secondary market never fell below $165.81.  With the game still four days away, it will be interesting to see if ticket prices continue to follow the trend and decrease further below face value.

The cheapest ticket listed on SeatGeek is in Section 10 and is currently $79.  However, there are tickets that cost well into the thousands of dollars as well. Listings for the 2012 Rose Bowl Game can be found via the link below.

Monday Jan 2 2:00 PM Wisconsin Badgers at Rose Bowl Wisconsin at Rose Bowl Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA tickets from $60