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The Real Value of Your Football Tickets

About a week ago, a friend who is heading to the University of Alabama told me that her season tickets only cost her $35. I thought to myself, “Is Penn State really the only school that charges over $200 for student season tickets?”

So, I investigated, and my discoveries were somewhat shocking. I decided to break it down even further by analyzing statistics such as cost per home game, value per home win, and value per ranked home win.

Some conclusions:

  • Ohio State had the highest cost per game at $31.64. Penn State was a close second at $30.41.
  • Alabama student tickets are only a mere $5 a game. It’s true.
  • Michigan’s 11-11 home record over the past three seasons has given them the highest value per win at $56.09. Penn State, USC, and Ohio State follow at $37.17, $35.00, $34.80 respectively.
  • A 1-3 home record against ranked teams at home make Wisconsin’s value per ranked home win an astronomical $470.00.
  • Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, and Iowa all have three ranked home wins over the past three seasons. Their value per ranked home wins are $232, $223, $206, and $161 respectively.
  • Oklahoma has won five ranked home games and comes in at $96 per ranked home win.

 

As much as we complain about the ridiculous ticket prices, relatively, they aren’t too far off from other top football programs in the Big Ten and beyond. $32 a game for a great atmosphere isn’t outrageous, especially when our alumni are paying at least double that price. An 18-4 record at home helps, especially when you include two Michigan wins, the legendary 400th win, and multiple whiteouts.

Bottom line: stop complaining about the price of your football tickets. Instead, how about you get the value out of your tickets by getting to Beaver Stadium by kickoff instead of at halftime? If you can get up at 7 AM for tickets, you can get to the game at noon, right?

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Ryan Beckler

Ryan is a senior in the Smeal College of Business majoring in Marketing. He is a Lion Ambassador who loves giving tours to prospective students. His favorite activities include distributing news and consuming Chipotle.

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