Vivid Seats College Football Pricing Preview Provides a Closer Look at Conferences and Teams Driving Ticket Costs This Season

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 According to Vivid Seats, the SEC has the highest median prices for this season’s conference games with an estimated ticket price of $121

Ohio State Buckeyes, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Alabama Crimson Tide command top median home game ticket prices, drive up cost of attendance the most when visiting opponents

CHICAGO, Aug. 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vivid Seats, one of the largest online ticket marketplaces, today released its College Football Pricing Preview which provides a median price breakdown for conference and non-conference games that are driving this season’s ticket prices, as well the top visiting teams that have the greatest impact on their opponent’s ticket prices. While the SEC has the highest conference game ticket price, fans can still see their favorite SEC teams play during non-conference matchups for an affordable median price of $45. Additionally, the ACC has the lowest conference matchups with a median ticket price of $71; however, ACC teams command the highest non-conference median ticket price of $80.  

“With college football Saturdays just about to kick off, we’re seeing strong interest from fans,” said Jeanenne Tornatore, Senior Editor for Vivid Seats. “College football enthusiasts can expect to pay a premium price when seeing the Ohio State Buckeyes, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Alabama Crimson Tide at home or on the road.”


After the ACC, Pac-12 and Big 12 fans are in luck this year as those conferences offer the most affordable median ticket prices of $77 and $81, respectively.

Additionally, the SEC is the No. 1-searched league on Vivid Seats, followed by the Big 10, ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12.

ConferenceMedian Price
Conference GameNon-Conference Game
ACC $71 $80
Big 12 $81 $52
Big Ten $100 $76
Pac-12 $77 $61
SEC $121 $45


RankHome TeamVenueMedian Price
1Ohio State BuckeyesOhio Stadium $200
2Notre Dame Fighting IrishNotre Dame Stadium $196
3Alabama Crimson TideBryant–Denny Stadium $163
4Clemson TigersMemorial Stadium $136
5Virginia Tech HokiesLane Stadium $127
6Boston College EaglesBoston College Alumni Stadium $125
7Florida GatorsBen Hill Griffin Stadium $124
8UCLA BruinsRose Bowl $120
9Michigan WolverinesMichigan Stadium $115
10Penn State Nittany LionsBeaver Stadium $111


  • Tickets to see the Ohio State Buckeyes are in high-demand this season. Fans wanting to watch them play at Ohio Stadium this year will have to pay a median price of $200. The popular matchup against the Oklahoma Sooners on Sept. 9 may play a role in this expensive price tag.
  • In comparison to other teams, Penn State fans will save a few dollars due to their team’s relatively affordable median ticket price of $111.


When the Tide rolls in, prices go up. Home team fans will see a median price increase of 212 percent when their team plays Alabama. 

Other notable away team lifts include:

Away TeamAway Team Lift
Alabama Crimson Tide212%
Notre Dame Fighting Irish154%
Ohio State Buckeyes128%
Georgia Bulldogs119%
LSU Tigers107%
Clemson Tigers96%
North Carolina Tar Heels82%
Auburn Tigers75%
Texas A&M Aggies72%
Oklahoma Sooners70%

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1Vivid Seats’ College Football conference and non-conference games comparison as of 8/20/17.
2Vivid Seats’ top 10 College Football home teams based on median price as of 8/20/17.
3Vivid Seats’ College Football teams that impact ticket prices on the road as of 8/20/17.
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