Rose Bowl Tickets Going for Cheap

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I don’t think this is what the NCAA had in mind when it moved to the playoff format…

The Rose Bowl has yet to sell out. Yes, you heard that right. College football’s most historic bowl, the Granddaddy of Them All still has a ton of available tickets, with prices as low as $104 (which is dirt cheap). On the flip side, the cheapest Sugar Bowl ticket costs $200. John Talty of al.com reported that the average cost of a Sugar Bowl ticket was $470, while a seat at the Rose Bowl was going for $322 on average.

The tickets that have gone unsold are generally those allotted for the Florida State fan base. Why aren’t Florida State fans willing to make the trek to Pasadena to watch their team take on Oregon in one of the most intriguing matchups in Rose Bowl history? There are a couple different factors at hand. Bud Elliot of tomahawknation.com reported that the cost of flights are nearly five times as expensive as the cost of the tickets themselves. Florida State has actually received more requests for the National Championship game than for the Rose Bowl. Flights to Dallas near the date of the title game are much cheaper than flights to LAX around New Year’s Day.

The reality is that most fans of teams in the College Football Playoff can only afford to make the trip for one of the playoff games, and a lot of people who would have generally gone to the Rose Bowl are now holding out for the National Championship.

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Tyler Robinson

Tyler Robinson

Tyler graduated from the University of Oregon's journalism program back in the spring of 2010. Tyler has loved the Ducks since the days of his youth, and that love has only grown as he's gotten older. Outside of Oregon football Tyler dives deep into Major League Baseball every year, and considers himself to be a baseball historian of sorts. He also has a Black Labrador named "Page" after Jimmy Page of the mighty Led Zeppelin. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, golfing, and snowboarding even if his skills are questionable at best in those areas.

  • MAITAIDUCK

    I will say they are a CONFIDENT BUNCH to say the least! I find it extremely arrogant that their casual fan has NO CLUE about the Game of Football West of Tallahassee. This just makes it better for the Ducks because a lot more Duck fans should be there then for our advancement to Dallas. I cannot wait to hear the crying or EXCUSES as to why they got beat by the BEST Team they have played all year. I seriously doubt they’d of beaten either Ohio St or Alabama. So to FSU and their fans be careful for what you wish for because you I’m sure have really affended the BEST College team in the Nation as in our Ducks!

    • Mike K

      FSU did just play in a National Championship at the Rose Bowl 12 months ago. Tickets for that game were 325 face value and 600 or more on Stubhub. Add in flights and hotels, and you can imagine why many can’t go to the same place 12 months later. Ticket requests are high for Dallas because it is reachable by car from FL, flights are much cheaper, and hotel rates are much less than LA. Also, some of those requests are by people who won’t even go, but can flip them for a few hundred more per ticket.

  • Jerry C

    Duck fans had a choice of three post-season games. The number of us who could afford all three is very small. My choice is the Rose Bowl. It may be that the Rose Bowl will be a virtual home game if the crowd is mostly Ducks.

  • Jon Sousa

    Florida State has actually received more requests for the National Championship game than for the Rose Bowl. — Why would FSU fans want to go watch Oregon play in the NCG?