December 29, 2015 - Jesse Lawrence
Don’t Believe The Hype? CFP Semifinal Tickets Plummeting in Price in Days Leading Up To Kickoff
New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching, and the 2016 College Football Playoff is just two days away from kicking off in Miami and Arlington. The Cotton Bowl will be the first of the two semifinal games held on the final day of 2015, penning a meeting between No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Michigan State at AT&T Stadium. No. 1 Clemson and No. 4 Oklahoma follow at Sun Life Stadium for a primetime matchup in the Orange Bowl later that night. And while anticipation continues to build for both games, ticket prices are steadily dropping on the secondary market. According to TiqIQ the average price for Cotton Bowl tickets is now $284.40, marking a 49.4% drop from the peak average of $562.58 on December 5. If looking just to get past the gates in Arlington Thursday the cheapest ticket is currently listed for $69, down 68.9% from the $222 get-in three weeks ago. Ticket prices will be even cheaper in Miami. Orange Bowl tickets on TiqIQ average $207.55, which marks a mammoth 67.4% drop from the December 5 average of $637.01. Looking to pay the minimum to be on hand? Tickets start from just $41 on the secondary market, a sharp contrast from the $206 get-in price prior to Selection Sunday. Plummeting ticket prices aren’t the only deals fans should take advantage of when planning their trips to the semifinal games. Hipmunk.com offers the best flight and hotel options in both cities and makes the ever-strenuous booking process hassle free. While flights can be arranged from anywhere in the world Arlington hotels start from just $45 each night. Hopping over to the Sunshine State, Miami Hotels on Hipmunk can be found for as low as $199 per night. Don’t expect a similar price plunge for the National Championship, however. As it stands now the average price for CFP National Championship tickets is $1,516.67. Though that is 13% cheaper than its December 5 average of $1,742.66, this year’s game is still significantly more expensive than last year. Held at AT&T Stadium, the 2015 National Championship owned a $1,124.44 average, making this year’s game 34.8% more expensive on average. A change in price will likely occur following the conclusion of both semifinal games, though that trend could see ticket prices increase. The cheapest available ticket to the CFP National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11 is now $521.