Is Alabama the Reason Nobody Wants to Watch LSU vs. Georgia?
They say that you really need to be an SEC fan to be able to digest SEC football. Well, if ticket sales are any indicator, even SEC fans can’t stomach the prospect of an LSU Tigers versus Georgia Bulldogs SEC Championship showdown.
Saturday’s match-up between undefeated LSU and winners of 10-straight Georgia is widely expected to be a LSU rout, with odds makers listing the Tigers as 13.5 point favorites at the time of this piece.
As noted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, prices and interest are taking a serious nosedive leading into this weekend’s outing.
“We’ve actually seen a fairly dramatic decline in ticket prices to the game … within the last week,” said Will Flaherty, spokesman for SeatGeek.com, a ticket search aggregator.
How much are the prices dropping? Since peaking at an average of $463 back on Nov. 20, prices have fallen to an average of $135. And, interestingly enough, the biggest price drop came between this past Saturday and Sunday after LSU and Georgia officially clinched their spots in the game.
The general sentiment as to why prices are dropping like a stone at this point was echoed by Flaherty. Alabama Crimson Tide fans likely bought up a lot of tickets and were hoping that the Arkansas Razorbacks would hand LSU its first loss of the year. If that had happened, Alabama would find itself in this game. When things didn’t pan out, Crimson Tide fans flooded the market with excess tickets thereby driving down the price.
Moral of the story: blame Alabama for no one caring about Saturday’s LSU vs. Georgia battle.