Game week is finally here.
Most of you will be following the SEC action from afar, parked on a comfy couch with snacks, hi-def TVs and your beverage of choice. We can already hear the booming voice of Uncle Verne butchering the name of some poor freshman.
But there’s a smaller, luckier group which will have the opportunity to catch some Southern football in person this season. And while that’s by no means a cheap proposition these days, there are some surprisingly affordable SEC games on the docket if you’re looking to do a little planning. There are almost as many games that’ll empty your pockets, too.
SEC Country has surveyed the ticket prices of every single SEC game on StubHub, as of the past few days. (There may be some minor fluctuation in price by the time you read this.) StubHub was used because a handful of games are already sold out, and because the secondary ticket market more accurately reflects demand for certain games than the school-set ticket prices.
The average ticket prices for each SEC school can be found below. The priciest programs shouldn’t surprise you:
|AVERAGE TICKET PRICES|
As it does on the recruiting trail and on the field, Nick Saban’s title-defending Crimson Tide also leads the league in this category by a wide margin. Nine of its 12 games cost at least $70 or more.
Tennessee received big boosts from playing two big-name SEC West teams (Alabama, Texas A&M) and by participating in the sure-to-be-lucrative Battle at Bristol against Virginia Tech.
And Georgia drew its fair share of pricey games by playing Florida at a neutral site, Tennessee, Auburn, Ole Miss and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game against UNC. The cheapest tickets for each of those games are going for anywhere from $88 (UNC) to $149 (Florida).
Speaking of costly games, these are the 10 most expensive matchups featuring at least one SEC school, as of Monday:
|10 MOST EXPENSIVE GAMES (non-conference included)|
Like the first list, Alabama is everywhere; the Tide plays in five of the league’s 10 most expensive games.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn might not be coaching the Iron Bowl this year if the season pans out really poorly, but fans would still be paying a pretty penny to see a likely one-sided affair. The rest of tilts on this list are almost all rivalry games, with the exceptions of Alabama-USC in Jerry World and Tennessee’s rare trip out to revamped Kyle Field.
The big numbers are fun to look at, but let’s be real: No matter how much you love football, $150 per ticket is just not feasible for everyone. What about finding bargains?
SEC Country has picked out a few of those for you, as well. So if you’re looking for a good opportunity to see your favorite team, there are a few solid finds. Non-conference games (i.e. FCS matchups) have been excluded here:
|LEAST EXPENSIVE SEC GAMES|
|South Carolina@Mississippi St.||$27.00|
Yes, you can watch a game between two SEC schools for $12, which is roughly the price of two Atlanta Braves general admission tickets.
More importantly, you can watch SEC games at Jordan-Hare and The Swamp for $19 and $26, respectively. Don’t expect these to be the best seats in the house, but if you’re a fan of Auburn or Florida, those games are good chances for you to catch your team play a conference game for cheap.