If you would like to go to two of Ohio State‘s key games this season, you will have to pay an arm and a leg for tickets.
Ohio State football tickets are sought after. That is nothing new. In past seasons, sometimes fans would have to pay more than the average game to watch the Buckeyes.
Well, for the 2016 season, expect to take more money out of the ATM because you will need it. The Ohio State Buckeyes are involved in both the most and second most expensive games this fall.
The most expensive is for the “The Game”, the annual matchup of Ohio State versus the University of Michigan. Tickets are $539 (median price) on the secondary market via Vivid Seats.
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There are cheaper seats, but if you desperately want to attend and have yet to buy tickets, that’s going to be your price or close to it.
"The price is 11% more than any other game on the 2016 college football regular season schedule."
The second most expensive median price is $484 for the Ohio State/Oklahoma University game.
"The two traditional football powerhouses have only met twice and not since 1983. Tickets for the game in Norman, Okla. are $484, and the cheapest ticket on the market is $300 compared to $247 for OSU-UM."
Given supply and demand, along with multiple factors, it is understandable why such prices on a secondary market are what they are. That said, prices can arguably be getting out of hand. Those games are not in a conference championship game or a bowl game. Still, there is a lot riding on both of them.
Speaking from experience as an alumnus, I have seen Ohio State students sell their tickets for prices well above what they paid for. Obviously, they are joining in that supply/demand approach to make a profit. Some students get greedy, but at the same time who can blame them?
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That is the same case with these various secondary markets. Each year, costs to games are going to increase. That is inevitable. It is going to happen unfortunately.
Given all of that, what could Ohio State fans do if they do not want to pay close to $500? Well, there are a few options.
Fans could simply not attend the games and watch Ohio State elsewhere, but where is the fun in that? Go the secondary market still, but do your research much earlier on various websites.Then again, if you are lucky, one could get a similar deal right before kickoff.
Other possibilities include buying tickets when the university makes them available and buying from students (if you’re a student). Networking also helps, especially since various companies provides tickets (sometimes at a cost) to games.
Watching Ohio State live, especially at home is a very unique experience. Even if they are not facing a top team or rival, you will/already know how special such an opportunity is.