The Pinstripe Bowl, which will be played on December 27th at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, will pit Boston College (7-5) against the Penn State Nittany Lions (6-6). Both teams have had inconsistent seasons and largely failed to meet expectations. Boston College started the season 3-1, which included an impressive home victory over the USC Trojans. Boston College nearly upset Florida State, but fell short in the fourth quarter and fell 20-17. Boston College finished fourth in the ACC Atlantic Division by going 4-4 in conference play. Boston College is led by ex-Florida Gators quarterback transfer Tyler Murphy. Murphy threw for 1,526 passing yards and eleven touchdowns while rushing for 1,079 yards and ten touchdowns. Given the popularity of their opponent, fans can expect to pay top ticket prices for this match-up, in fact, the highest Pinstripe Bowl ticket prices in 5 years. [embedit cf="HTML1"]
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Below is an infographics on the economics for all the major Bowl games that includes details on sponsorships, school payouts, player swag, and of course tickets.
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The average ticket price for Boston College vs. Penn State is currently $204.64 on the secondary market while the get-in price for the game is $98. That currently makes it the 2nd most expensive Pinstripe Bowl, just below last year's $257.82 average price between Rutgers and Notre Dame.
Hotels in New York City start at $99 according to Hipmunk.com. With both fan bases having relatively short distances to travel into the Big Apple, most likely fans will simply drive to the game, so there won’t be too many travel costs. Nonetheless, fans coming in from all parts of the country should review available flights and train schedules at Hipmunk.
|Year||Match-Up||Average Price||Get-In Price|
|2010||Syracuse vs Kansas State||$154.62||$50|
|2011||Rutgers vs Iowa State||$154.87||$54|
|2012||Syracuse vs West Virginia||$181.51||$90|
|2013||Rutgers vs Notre Dame||$257.82||$98|
|2014||Boston College vs Penn State||$236.05||$107|
Alike Boston College, Penn State started the season strongly, winning their first four games. An untimely four game losing streak, however, proved to be the difference. Penn State won just two of their six Big 10 Conference games. Penn State is led by quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who has thrown for 2,606 yards and eight touchdowns. Penn State is allowing just 17.7 points per game, which the eighth best mark in college football. While fans can expect to pay top prices to attend the Pinstripe Bowl, a match-up between these two rivals will be entertaining. Penn State leads the all-time series 19-4. These two teams have not played since 2004 when Boston College won this match-up, 21-7. Boston College has not won a bowl game since 2007 when they defeated Michigan State in Champs Sports Bowl, 24-21.