LSU vs. Alabama: Crazy Ticket Prices Steal Headlines

| by Alex Groberman

The hottest show in town, a.k.a. the “Game of the Century” will be played in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday night between the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide.

It will be a classic battle featuring amazing coaches, ferocious defenses and storied legacies. Plus, the winner of the match-up will either keep or earn a No. 1 spot in any and all college football rankings.

But if you don’t already have a ticket – don’t plan on seeing the proceedings live unless you’re willing to part with some dough.

In an interesting report, Luke Johnson of The Times-Picayune noted that while there are still many tickets available for this outing, the prices for said tickets are absolutely off the charts. As per Will Flaherty of, average ticket prices for the showdown have gone up every single week from  about $303 to the current average of $839 – the highest it’s been for any regular season or conference title game since 2009.

One seat in the South end zone, according to, is currently going for $7,706.

"In actual ticket sales, we've seen tickets go for as much as $2,500," Flaherty told Johnson.

"The Alabama student tickets cost $5 to buy, which is mind-blowing to think that with your $5 student ticket you could cash in and have a couple months rent or a couple months car payment right there," Flaherty said.

All of that being said, Flaherty approaches the issue of obnoxiously high ticket prices in a very matter-of-factly way.

"There's two different schools of thought," Flaherty said. "If you're an LSU fan and you have the opportunity to go to somebody's house and see your team win in person, that's always pretty exciting. I think it'll be money well spent if your team comes out the winner. If not, I think you might rue it."

Even LSU players are feeling the burn. Apparently, some fans have reached out to them in hopes of securing their complimentary seats.

"I had a cousin that lived (toward Tuscaloosa), and I guess they think we get an unlimited amount of tickets, but we only get four," said sophomore defensive end Barkevious Mingo. "I had to tell him I couldn't get them."

Senior guard Will Blackwell also weighed in.

"My friends and family understand the magnitude of this game," Blackwell said. "There's not too many people that I haven't given tickets to that will be asking for them."

Whether or not you think paying outlandish sums for a chance to this game live is worth it or not, everyone seems to universally agree that Saturday's showdown will be special.

How special?

We'll find out soon enough.