Campus Corner

Tickets to SEC championship game averaging $500 on resale market

Updated: 2013-12-04T14:26:01Z

By TOD PALMER

The Kansas City Star

Want to go to the SEC championship game Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta? Be prepared to fork over a small fortune.

Several ticket resellers peg the average ticket price to see No. 5 Missouri battle No. 3 Auburn in the quest for Mizzou’s first conference title since 1969 at north of $400 on the secondary market.

The average price for SEC championship tickets, according to RazorGator.com, is $499 — an 11 percent increase from last Wednesday and 9 percent higher than the 2012 game, which pitted Georgia against Alabama.

The average ticket price for the Big Ten championship is $274, the second-highest among this weekend’s games.

Sugar Bowl tickets are currently going for $302 on average, while BCS National Championship Game tickets are going for $2,077.

Different sites paint different pictures, though.

SeatGeek.com pegs the average ticket price for the SEC championship at $410, the most for any Missouri game its tracked.

Of course, that’s still 9 percent lower than tickets to last week’s Iron Bowl, which Auburn won in thrilling fashion against rival and former No. 1 Alabama.

It’s also 10 percent lower than last year’s SEC championship game.

Tickets prices are more than double the Big Ten championship ($204), while the Pac-12 ($109) and ACC ($70) title games lag further behind.

SeatGeek’s web traffic suggests a heavy Auburn crowd with 40 percent of clicks to its events page for the game coming from the state of Alabama, 20 percent from Georgia and less than 10 percent from Missouri.

According to TicketCity.com, the average ticket price for the SEC championship game is $440, which more than doubles the Big Ten ($210) and dwarfs the Pac-12 ($107) and ACC ($73).

It shows a 5 percent drop in prices for the Missouri-Auburn matchup compared to last season.

Pro tip: Missouri’s official ticket reseller, VividSeats.com, has plenty of tickets available under $400.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/todpalmer.

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