TicketCity Reveals the Top 25 Hottest Games to Kick Off the 2009 College Football Season
With only a few weeks before kickoff, demand for the hottest game tickets keep prices high.
Austin, TX (BusinessWire – August 17, 2009) – Despite a recent unsteady economic climate, news of a rebound is evidenced by the high prices of college football games. While ticket prices for some of 2009’s hottest events were lowered due to restricted buyer budgets, the average cost of some of the most in-demand college football games remains high at $385 per ticket. This time last year, tickets to the hottest games were averaging $425 across the secondary ticketing industry. What makes college football resistant to the economic downturn in the weeks before the actual season begins?
“Fans,” answers Randy Cohen
, CEO of TicketCity
. “College football is unlike any other sport out there. It’s impassioned, it’s rough and it’s real. It has three ingredients that keep the sport strong: ambitious teams, dedicated coaches and loyal fans. The secondary ticketing market is driven by demand and with devoted fans of the sport returning each year to support their team, ticket prices remain high.”
The hottest college football game for September currently ranks as the most in-demand ticket of the entire regular season. USC visits Ohio State on September 12th
making the matchup the biggest non-conference game in Columbus since the Texas Longhorns visited in September 2005. “The beginning of the season presents some great matchups, but most of the buzz is going to be about the USC at Ohio State game,” says Zach Anderson
, COO for TicketCity. “With the average price on the secondary market at $842, the game has one of the highest price tags in college football ticket history.”
According to Anderson the games that generate the most demand for early season games are those that involve college football rivalries, matchups between highly ranked teams or marquee non-conference matchups.
“Fans get more excited about a game with a big name opponent from another power conference,” adds Anderson. “You don’t see a USC at Ohio State
or a Georgia at Oklahoma
State every season. When games such as these do happen, people want to be a part of that experience.”
The 2009 college football season kicks off on Thursday, September 3rd and until then TicketCity will be selling tickets to as many as a hundred different college football games every day. While demand for these Top 25 marquee games remains high with the average of all games only dropping by $40, fans looking for great deals this season can still find them. A game by game comparison to last year reveals a drop in average price by $200 for many games and with some ticket prices as low as $10 to $20 per ticket. “For every Ohio State versus USC, there are dozens of other great games with more affordable ticket prices,” comments Anderson.
TicketCity releases this week's list of the top 25 hottest games of the 2009 regular college football season based on average ticket price. The list was accumulated by compiling a majority of the available tickets on the secondary market throughout the entire country. The secondary market is comprised of over 800 established ticket brokers, and every fan who is listing extra tickets to sell.
Prices will continue to fluctuate throughout the 2009 season and TicketCity will continue to update the hottest games list from week to week. View the top 25 games list on the TicketCity.com website at Top 25
sells tickets for all sports, concerts and theatre event but specializes in tickets for all college sports and championship events, including the college football
and college bowl games
. Founded in 1990, TicketCity is a trusted source for secondary market tickets to events around the world. TicketCity partners include NBC Sports, Scout and RootZoo. TicketCity has been named to Inc Magazine's prestigious Inc 5000 list in 2007, 2008 and 2009.