It’s not hard to get excited about Monday night’s College Football Playoff national championship game between Alabama and Clemson, but it might be hard for fans hoping to attend the game to get in.
Monday’s title tilt between the Crimson Tide and Tigers is expected to be the most expensive college football championship game ticket ever, according to VividSeats.com, with the average price of tickets sold reaching nearly $1,300.
But that’s just the average. Per Vivid Seats, the average price of tickets sold is $1,297, the get-in price is $1,529, and the median price weighs in at a whopping $2,425. That’s a hefty price to pay, but not an overly surprising one considering the hype over the highly-anticipated rematch.
Considering the location of this year’s game — Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. — it might be a price worth paying for fans of these two teams who couldn’t travel to last year’s championship game. With the 2016 championship in Glendale, Ariz., Alabama fans (1,668 miles) and Clemson fans (1,970 miles) had to travel a combined average of 1,819 miles to attend the game, per Vivid Seats. But travel should be easier this time around, with the average distance for Alabama (573 miles) and Clemson (569 miles) just a combined average distance of 571 miles away.
While Clemson fans will be licking their chops for a chance at revenge after last year’s 45-40 loss to ‘Bama, their wallets won’t appreciate the rematch quite as much. In the past five years, the three championship games that Alabama has been a part of saw average ticket prices soar to $1,284, per Vivid Seats, but in the two seasons Nick Saban’s squad wasn’t involved, the tickets averaged just $880.
But as fans of whichever club raises the trophy amidst a shower of confetti likely will confess Monday night, there are some moments you can’t put a price on. Let’s just hope they feel the same way when they wake up Tuesday morning.