Penn State Athletics announced last night student tickets for the Fiesta Bowl against Washington will cost $155, compared to Washington’s much lower $50 student ticket to the same game.
While not all schools have their student bowl game ticket information readily available online, tickets also cost $50 for students at USC headed to the Cotton Bowl, students (first 500) at UCF headed to the Peach Bowl, and students (first 1,000) at Wisconsin headed to the Orange Bowl. Ohio State’s tickets to this year’s Cotton Bowl will run Buckeyes $165.
Penn State student tickets for last year’s Rose Bowl, which was arguably a bigger game and better matchup for the Nittany Lions, cost $150. Student tickets to the TaxSlayer Bowl cost just $85 the year before that — even less than student tickets to this season’s away game at Ohio State, which cost students $140 back in October.
Penn State Athletics generated $132,248,076 in net revenues during the 2016 fiscal year against $129,349,149 in expenses to finish with a profit of about $2.9 million, according to reports released on the department’s website. That said, it’s hard to believe it’s necessary to charge students $100 more per ticket than the other school’s students for the same game.
It’s not entirely clear how Penn State Athletics determines student ticket prices for away games. The department could not immediately respond to a request for comment due to the staffing demands of bowl game ticket sales.
We’ll update this post as additional information becomes available.