As CFP Semifinal Games 2015 Prices Of Sugar Bowl Tickets Up, While Rose Bowl Prices Are Down

December 3, 2014


This season, for the first time in college football history, there will be a playoff to determine the national champion. After years of the BCS system and the top two ranked schools automatically facing each other in the BCS National Championship Game, a four team playoff has been implemented starting this season. The College Football Playoffs will be played in some of the biggest bowl games with six bowl games participating in a three-year rotation as the College Football Playoff Semifinals. For the 2014 season, those bowl games will be the Sugar and Rose Bowls with the winner of each meeting in a separate College Football Championship Game.

The bowls which will be the semifinal games this year are the Sugar and Rose Bowls. The Sugar Bowl will host the No. 1 and No. 4 schools in the College Football Playoff rankings. The current average price for the Sugar Bowl is $456.92 with a get-in price of $87 on the secondary market. With the Sugar Bowl not being one of the main bowls in the BCS over the past few years, making it a semifinal has caused secondary market prices to be the most expensive for the game since at least 2010.

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1/1/2010 Florida Gators vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Mercedes-Benz Superdome $158.40 $65.00
1/4/2011 Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Mercedes-Benz Superdome $158.48 $33.00
1/3/2012 Michigan Wolverines vs Virginia Tech Hokies Mercedes-Benz Superdome $142.70 $18.00
1/2/2013 Louisville Cardinals vs Florida Gators Mercedes-Benz Superdome $126.73 $8.00
1/2/2014 Oklahoma Sooners vs Alabama Crimson Tide Mercedes-Benz Superdome $281.56 $87.00
1/1/2015 TBD Mercedes-Benz Superdome $456.92 $214.00


One of the bigger bowls since its inception has been the Rose Bowl, which will be the other College Football Playoff Semifinal this season. The current average price of the game is $465.52 on the secondary market with a get-in price of $162. That’s currently the second most expensive average over the past five seasons, falling below only last year’s game between Stanford and Michigan State.
1/1/2011 TCU Horned Frogs vs. Wisconsin Badgers Rose Bowl - Pasadena $398.17 $145.00
1/2/2012 Wisconsin Badgers vs Oregon Ducks Rose Bowl - Pasadena $237.14 $73.00
1/1/2013 Stanford Cardinal vs. Wisconsin Badgers Rose Bowl - Pasadena $228.04 $79.00
1/1/2014 Stanford Cardinal vs. Michigan State Spartans Rose Bowl - Pasadena $678.01 $324.00
1/1/2015 CFP Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Rose Bowl - Pasadena $465.52 $162.00


While those games will be played on New Year’s Day, such as tradition, the new College Football Championship Game will be played on January 12. Secondary market ticket availability is limited compared to the other bowl games, but it is easily the most expensive game. The current average price for the College Football National Championship Game is $1,734.35 with a get-in price of $828. This year’s game will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Sites for the game have also been determined for the next two seasons — 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium, site of this season’s Super Bowl, and 2016 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Year Avg Price High Ticket Price Get-In Price
2015 $1,734.35 $4,460 $828
2014 $907.48 $4,871 $410
2013 $2,047.66 $4,988 $1,000
2012 $2,128.51 $5,000 $1,216
2011 $5,086.55 $7,954 $2,750