Market Report: 2018 College Football Conference Championship Game Tickets

With the college football season winding down, demand for conference championships and the College Football Playoff semifinals and national championship is heating up. With less than a month to play before the first conference championship game – in the PAC-12 – fan interest has pushed the average asking price for the national championship, to be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., to $2,146, with a get-in price of $795.

That number makes the conference championships look like a bargain. In fact, all but one Power Five conference championships have average asking prices below the get-in price for the national semifinals, according to TicketIQ.com.

Below is a look at the Power Five conference championship games.

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ACC Championship Game

  • When/Where: December 1, 2018 at Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte)
  • Average asking price: $164
  • Get-in price: $74

The 2017 CFP runner-up No. 2 Clemson was the winner last season. If the Tigers finish out the season strong – they’re currently 6-0 – they’ll likely have a chance to win the ACC title and be in the CFP mix again. This is the second cheapest of the Power Five championship games and fewer than 400 tickets remain on the secondary market, according to data from TicketIQ.com. The winner of this game will be headed to the Camping World Bowl, against a Big 12 team, unless the winner is selected for the CFP.

BIG 12 Championship Game

  • When/Where: December 1, 2018 at AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Tex.)
  • Average asking price: $285
  • Get-in price: $62

Last season was the first since 2010 that the Big 12 champion was determined by a championship game. Between 2010-16, a round-robin format was used to crown a champion. Prior to the conference’s realignment, the title game was North champion vs. South champion. It’s now between the two best teams in the conference. No. 6 Oklahoma, the 2017 conference champion, and No. 7 West Virginia both have one loss and are 5-1 in the Big 12. Though who will play hasn’t been set yet, this game has the second highest average asking price among the Power Five, and there are still more than 2,500 tickets available on the secondary market, according to TicketIQ.com. The winner of this game goes to the Sugar Bowl, where it plays the SEC champion … unless the SEC champion (read: Alabama) plays in the CFP.

Big Ten Championship Game

  • When/Where: December 1, 2018 at Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)
  • Average asking price: $260
  • Get-in price: $77

This game will be only the eighth conference championship in the Big Ten’s 123-year history, and the fifth to pit the East champion vs. the West Champion. Both No. 4 Michigan and No. 8 Ohio State are 8-1 with three games to play before the conference championship. Michigan is unbeaten in the Big Ten and hasn’t loss since an opening-weekend defeat by Notre Dame. The Wolverines and Buckeyes close out the regular season on November 24 with their annual rivalry game, and it’s likely the winner of that game will represent the East in the conference championship. The game’s $260 average asking price is ranked No. 3 among the Power Five conferences. According to TicketIQ.com, 2,701 tickets remain, the most still available for any of the conference championships. The winner of this game goes to the Rose Bowl, where it plays the PAC-12 champ.

PAC-12 Championship Game

  • When/Where: November 30, 2018 at Levi’s Stadium (San Francisco Bay Area)
  • Average asking price: $129
  • Get-in price: $40

It’s unlikely there will be any local teams playing at Levi’s Stadium following the end of the college football regular season, and this game has the lowest average asking price among the Power Five conference title games. With three games to play, No. 10 Washington State and No. 20 Washington sit atop the PAC-12 North Division and Utah, USC and Arizona, all 4-3, are tied about the South. The top teams from each division will meet in the title game. Stanford beat USC last year. The PAC-12 champion goes on to the play the Big Ten winner in the Rose Bowl.

SEC Championship Game

  • When/Where: December 1, 2018 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta)
  • Average asking price: $820
  • Get-in price: $427

The priciest of all the Power Five conference championships, No. 1 Alabama and No. 5 Georgia have already clinched spots in the game. Georgia will be making its second consecutive appearance, after beating Auburn, 28-7, last season. The Bulldogs went on to lost to, you guess it, Alabama, in the national championship last season. According to TicketIQ.com, only 608 tickets remain available on the secondary market for this game. The SEC winner traditionally goes to the Sugar Bowl, but if the winner is Alabama, the Crimson Tide will go to a CFP semifinal instead. 

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