Alabama football fans already believe that the Iron Bowl is the most important game in the SEC, and if ticket sales are any indication, the rest of the SEC agrees.
Secondary ticket marketplace website Rukkus.com has compiled some very interesting data about SEC ticket sales for the coming 2016 football season. The fact that Alabama football tickets are skyrocketing in price is no shock to Bama fans; we already know we have the best team in the country (again). But having hard evidence to prove it certainly makes bragging even more fun.
According to Rukkus.com’s content and data manager Jake Sharpless, the Iron Bowl matchup between the Alabama Crimson Tide and in-state rivals the Auburn Tigers is currently the most expensive conference game in all of college football this season.
Did you catch that part? IN ALL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL.
That’s not just in the SEC or even within Alabama football’s own schedule. That’s for every single CFB in-conference matchup in the 2016 season. And THAT is impressive.
Of the average prices of the top 20 SEC games, seven of those feature the Crimson Tide, including matchups against USC, LSU, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Miss State, and of course, Auburn.
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Five out of the top seven most expensive games featuring an SEC opponent are on a neutral field, including Alabama’s season opener against the USC Trojans in Dallas.
As you can see from the graphic, the current most expensive game ticket featuring at least one SEC team is the LSU vs. Wisconsin game, September 3rd. It’s being played at Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, so that’s pretty cool and probably one reason ticket prices are so high.
The LSU/Wisconsin game is the same day as the Alabama vs. USC matchup, so make sure you clear your schedule completely that first Saturday in September. It’s going to be a doozy.
If you plan on going to any Alabama football games this season, particularly the Iron Bowl, expect to shell out some cash in order to get a decent ticket. From the looks of things, it’s only going to get more expensive as the season continues.
Hopefully, we will all be vying for tickets to see the Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta December 3rd, and again for the first round of the playoffs and National Championship game.
We always expect great things from Alabama football, and 2016 is no exception.