2021 College Football Tickets: Attendance Policies, Face Value, Cheapest

Where to Buy 2021 College Football Tickets

Primary market face value College Football tickets are generally sold via the individual team's websites.

On the secondary market, TicketIQ has Fee-Free College football tickets which also include a Refund Guarantee. Our Refund Guarantee states that if an event is canceled or deemed unfit for fans to attend, TicketIQ will refund ticket buyers in as soon as 15 days. That means that you can buy from TicketIQ worry-free. Customers on TicketIQ save between 15%-25% compared to other secondary market ticketing sites.

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2021 College Football Attendance Policies

Any sort of capacity limits or COVID-19 health and safety protocols are dependent on the individual teams. Some teams are requiring that fans are vaccinated and wear masks, while others are not. Most teams will be operating at full capacity for the 2021 season. For further information on a specific team's attendance policy, check out our team-specific blog posts or the team's website.

How Much Are 2021 College Football Tickets

s you can see below, based on the average list price on the secondary market, the Georgia Bulldogs are the most expensive team for the 2021 season. At $665 the Bulldogs are the only team with an average price over $600. Ohio State ($537). Nebraska ($484), Michigan ($483), and Notre Dame ($452) round out the top five. The defending National Champion LSU Tigers are 9th on the list with an average price of $344.

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Below is a look at the full top 25 college football teams based on average secondary market listing price and their year over year price changes.

Team 2021 Average YoY Change
Georgia Bulldogs $665 36.55%
Ohio State Buckeyes $537 52.77%
Nebraska Cornhuskers $484 112.28%
Michigan Wolverines $483 69.53%
Notre Dame Fighting Irish $452 63.71%
Alabama Crimson Tide $450 80.69%
Oklahoma Sooners $402 132.37%
Auburn Tigers $372 65.26%
LSU Tigers $344 55.89%
Clemson Tigers $335 54.38%
USC Trojans $303 35.87%
Penn State Nittany Lions $299 90.25%
Florida State Seminoles $297 131.66%
Texas Longhorns $279 30.37%
Florida Gators $275 25.86%
Miami Hurricanes $246 153.61%
Louisville Cardinals $242 144.22%
Wisconsin Badgers $225 66.38%
South Carolina Gamecocks $203 33.40%
TCU Horned Frogs $201 39.15%
West Virginia Mountaineers $185 34.00%
Boston College Eagles $183 157.49%
Virginia Tech Hokies $182 63.38%
Arkansas Razorbacks $174 29.85%

 

Top Games Of The 2021 Season

As you can see below games involving Alabama make up 40% of the list, as well as the top spot with the Iron Bowl with the cheapest ticket currently at $264. Their match ups with LSU, Texas A&m and Florida also make the list. The Bedlam Series with Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State come in at the number two spot with the cheapest ticket sitting at $231. LSU at Alabama ($229), Penn State at Ohio State ($227), and Alabama at Texas A&M ($220) round out the top five. 

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In terms of neutral site games, the Red River Showdown between Texas and Oklahoma is by far the most expensive with tickets starting at $540. Wisconsin vs Notre Dame at Soldier Field  ($250) is number two on the list. Clemson vs Georgia in Charlotte ($188), Florida vs Georgia in Jacksonville ($152), and Alabama vs Miami in Atlanta ($110) round out the top 5. 

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Price By Conference

When it comes to ticket price by conferences, the SEC leads the way with a $244 average ticket price across all SEC school. They come in just 9% above the second ranked Big Ten ($223). They are the only two College Football conferences with average prices above $200.

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Secondary Price Trends

Overall, with an average price of $195 for Power 5 College Football tickets for the 2021 season are 44% higher than the 2019. That number has been going up pretty steadily since 2012 when the average price across the league was $118, but after a 2020 season with limited fans, on no fans at all, demand is at a record high. Since 2012, College Football ticket prices on the secondary market are up 65%.

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How Much Are 2020 College Football Tickets

Below is a look at the full top 25 college football teams based on average secondary market listing price and their year over year price changes.

Team 2020 Average YoY Change
Georgia Bulldogs $359 -26.28%
Ohio State Buckeyes $346 -1.57%
Notre Dame Fighting Irish $279 1.05%
USC Trojans $271 21.52%
Alabama Crimson Tide $244 -2.17%
Florida Gators $240 9.84%
Auburn Tigers $217 -3.60%
Oklahoma Sooners $214 23.50%
LSU Tigers $204 -7.78%
Michigan Wolverines $188 -33.93%
Wisconsin Badgers $174 28.45%
South Carolina Gamecocks $163 7.11%
Clemson Tigers $159 -26.89%
Nebraska Cornhuskers $157 -31.30%
UCLA Bruins $148 4.98%
Stanford Cardinal $147 -14.01%
Arkansas Razorbacks $146 8.96%
Washington Huskies $146 -11.70%
West Virginia Mountaineers $145 5.02%
Virginia Tech Hokies $145 30.16%
Texas Longhorns $145 -32.25%
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets $143 12.60%
TCU Horned Frogs $141 -2.36%
Tennessee Volunteers $138 7.74%
Missouri Tigers $135 5.14%
 

Biggest Price Changes Since Last Season

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Price By Conference

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Potential Coronavirus Impact on the Secondary Ticket Market

While there is much uncertainty surrounding the 2020 College Football season, we wanted to take a look at the estimated secondary market ticket value losses if games were canceled or played without fans. That estimate is based on secondary market value*number of seats*number of games canceled or played without fans. This is not a precise measure, but the simplest way to benchmark the magnitude of losses, by team.  Below is a chart showing the top 25 most impacted teams in that scenario:
 
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For all of the Power 5 conference teams combined, if the season were to be played without fans or canceled the estimated secondary ticket market losses are just under $4.2 billion. If venues were to limit attendance to 20% capacity, as some NFL teams have already announced, that number is just above $3.4 billion.
 
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Here are the estimated secondary ticket market losses for each Power 5 conference:
 
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How Much Are 2019 College Football Tickets

As for prices of college football tickets on the secondary ticket market, for the second consecutive year, Georgia has the most expensive average price, largely as the result of Notre Dame's first-ever visit Athens. The 8th-ranked Bulldogs have an average asking price of $487 for games at Sanford Stadium, which is over $100 more expensive than Ohio State, the team with the second-highest average. 

Despite being ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today, Clemson has the 11th-most expensive ticket in the nation. Alabama, ranked No. 2, has the fifth-highest average asking price on the secondary market. After Georgia and Ohio State, the the midwest dominates in terms of price, as Michigan and Notre Dame round out the Top 5. 

In addition to college football tickets, TicketIQ also has Low Price Guarantees on all sports tickets, which means that if you find a secondary market ticket for less we’ll give you 200% of the difference in ticket credit. TicketIQ customers save an average of 5%-20% compared to Stubhub and Vivid Seats. 

Where to buy 2019 College Football Tickets

For the 2019 college football season, there is more diversity in ticket selling strategies for power conference teams than ever before, which it's important to check out not just the secondary market, but also to look for options directly from schools, via Paciolan and Ticketmaster, the two main ticketing platform for college football. These options include more single-game tickets than ever before as well as mini-plans and mobile-only flex packs, which we link to in all of the below team overviews. You can also find a more detailed analysis for most of the top 25 teams below.

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1. Georgia

2. Ohio State

3. Michigan

4. Notre Dame

5. Alabama

6. Nebraska

7. Auburn

8. USC 

9. LSU

10. Florida

11. Clemson

12. Texas

13. Texas A&M

14. Oklahoma

15. Stanford

16. Washington

17. Penn State

18. South Carolina

19. TCU

20. UCLA

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  • Cheapest game: October 26th vs Arizona State - Tickets starting at $40 🎟️
  • Primary availability: UCLA football tickets went on sale July 17th via primary partner Ticketmaster and are available for all games at the Rose Bowl on the 2019 UCLA schedule.  Face values ranges from $30 for games against San Diego State, Oregon State, Colorado, Arizona State and Cal. Only the Oklahoma game starts at a higher prices, with the cheapest face value going for $69.  That's about 20% less expensive than the secondary market, which means that buying directly from the team is the best option for the highest-demand game of the season. The school does offer a mobile-only pass called THE BLUE ZONE, which costs $149 for a ticket to every game, which is a great value as long as your OK finding out your location 48 hours before the game. UCLA also offers a more traditional mini plan that starting from $149 that includes Oklahoma on September 14th, Arizona State on October 26 and California on November 30th.

21. Oklahoma State

22. West Virginia

23. Baylor

24. Wisconsin

25. Arkansas 

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For 2018, UGA Leads Nation As Most Expensive College Football Ticket For First Time

With the kickoff of college football this weekend, the 3-month race for the college football playoffs will be underway.  Based on pre-season rankings, it’s Alabama’s to lose.  While they have the top pre-season ranking, when it comes to ticket prices, they’re only the 7th most expensive home average this season.  At an average price of $323, the 2017 runner-up Georgia Bulldogs have the most expensive college football ticket in the nation. Perhaps the biggest surprise in the top 25 is LSU, which are the fourth most expensive tickets in the country. That’s less the result of their 25th pre-season ranking than it is the fact that both UGA makes their way to death valley for the first time in ten years. That, in addition to an Alabama visit, puts LSU in the top five for the first time since 2011.

Compared to last year, the average price of all top 25 teams in the TicketIQ dropped 15.5%. Whether this is a one year blip are part of the larger cyclical price correct across college sports remains to be seen. The Wall Street Journal did a piece on the growth of unsold college football tickets this week, and it's possible the 2018 drop is correlated to that trend.

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Biggest Ticket Price Drops from 2017

Despite their scandal-ridden offseason, Ohio State football tickets have the third most expensive tickets in the nation at an average price of $226. Prices for Ohio State tickets, however, are down 32%, which marks the fourth-biggest price drop from 2017 for any team, behind Florida State and Tennessee and Alabama, which has prices down 53% compared to last year. Other notable drops this season include Michigan football tickets, which are down 31% after another year of unfulfilled expectations in Ann Arbor under Jim Harbaugh.  While not in the top five, Notre Dame tickets also had a major price drop from 2017, falling 26%.

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Biggest Ticket Price Increases from 2017

Coming within one play of the national championship last year, Bulldog fans seem to have gotten over the painful loss in Atlanta by driving up ticket prices 25% from last season.   That’s only good for the 4th-largest increase this season, and trails TCU’s 51% increase.  With a pre-season ranking of 16th in the nation, TCU fans are excited about their prospects, and are being helped by Oklahoma’s October 20th visit, which is the most expensive game of the season.  While Nebraska isn’t showing up in the pre-season rankings, they do have the third-highest price increase compared to last year, largely as the result of new coach Scott Frost, who led UCF to a perfect season last year. That increase is good to move them Nebraska Football tickets the the 6th  most expensive in the country this season.

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Full Top 25

While the final game last year pitted SEC versus SEC, the SEC also leads the list of the top 25 most expensive home averages for 2018.  In total, nine SEC teams rank amongst the top 25 most expensive tickets in the country.  The next most represented conference is the Big10, with five teams listed in the top 25, followed by the Big 12, which has four teams in the top 25.   Clemson and Florida State are the lone members of the ACC to crack the top 25.

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