Texas A&M-LSU: A Couple Thousand Reasons Why
Ticket Demand for Texas A&M-LSU
Ah, late November. It’s the time for Black Friday, South Park episodes about Black Friday, and uh, you know, Thanksgiving. But really, it’s the time of year when football gets especially interesting, in both college and the pros. This Saturday has one of those especially interesting games: Texas A&M at LSU.
Can Johnny Football keep his Heisman-repeat hopes alive? Is LSU still relevant in the SEC with Alabama, Auburn, and A&M currently in charge? LSU fans seem to think so, and are putting their money where their mouths are to find out. At an average resale price of $421 per ticket, Saturday’s A&M-LSU game is by far the most in-demand LSU home game this season (see graph below). In fact, the only Tigers home game in the last five years to draw a higher average ticket price was last year’s Alabama game at $462.
LSU Average Ticket Price by Home Game
Saturday’s game in Baton Rouge is also the second-most in-demand game of the college football season behind only the Alabama-A&M game in College Station earlier this year. That game drew an average resale price of $639 per ticket and was the most expensive regular season game we’ve seen since we began monitoring the secondary ticket market in 2009. Uh huh, it’s kind of a big deal.
How big a deal? This big: LSU sold individual game tickets for Saturday’s game against A&M for $70 each, meaning that Aggies-Tigers tickets are being resold on the secondary market for six times face value on average. No other college football game this weekend comes close to matching the demand for A&M-LSU; Indiana-Ohio State is the second-most expensive ticket on Saturday at $158, or 38% of the cost of an average ticket to A&M-LSU.
Right now, the cheapest ticket pair of tickets available for Saturday’s game are listed at $175 apiece in the upper deck, but we’ve seen some fans spend as much as $2,500 per ticket for lower-level seats at the 50-yard line. Upper-level tickets have gone for $245 each on average, while lower-level sideline tickets have sold for well over $700 apiece. Sure, yeah, I’ll spend $2,500 for a ticket to a college football game. No biggy.