Bowl-ing for Dollars; Projected Payouts and Ticket Prices

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Headed to a college bowl game in beginning of January 2013? Here is a breakdown of seven popular college football bowl games including the five BCS Bowls. Included are the projected payouts for these games and what people are paying for a ticket over the last month on the secondary market.

1. BCS National Championship  1/7 @ 8pm, Miami, FL – #1 Notre Dame vs. #2 Alabama

BCS National Championship Game payout – $21.2 million

BCS tickets –  $1,956.51 each (400 level)

BCS parking cost – $91.96

2. Fiesta Bowl 1/3 @ 6:30pm, Glendale, AZ – #5 Kansas State vs. #4 Oregon

Fiesta Bowl payout – $17 million

Fiesta Bowl tickets – $197.35 each (400 level)

Fiesta Bowl parking cost – $78.31

3. Sugar Bowl 1/2 @ 7:30pm, New Orleans, LA – #3 Florida vs. #21 Louisville

Sugar Bowl payout – $17 million

Sugar Bowl tickets – $132.24 each (100 level)

Sugar Bowl parking cost – $41.00

4. Orange Bowl 1/1 @ 8pm, Miami, FL – #12 Florida State vs. #15 Northern Illinois

Orange Bowl payout – $17 million

Orange Bowl tickets – $46.44 (100 level)

Orange Bowl parking – $23.67

5. Rose Bowl 1/1 @1:30pm, Pasadena, CA – #6 Stanford vs. Wisconsin

Rose Bowl payout – $17 million

Rose Bowl tickets – $278.65 (field level)

Rose Bowl parking – $111.18

6. Capital One Bowl 1/1 @ 1pm, Orlando, FL – #7 Georgia vs. #16 Nebraska

Capital One Bowl payout – $4.55 million

Capital One Bowl tickets – $93.93 (100 level)

Capital One parking – unknown

7. Cotton Bowl 1/4 @ 7pm, Dallas, TX – #9 Texas A&M vs. #11 Oklahoma

Cotton Bowl payout – $7.25 million

Cotton Bowl tickets - $282.81 (400 level)

Cotton Bowl parking – unknown

Big Game? What’s a Ticket Cost?

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You can find a gazillion articles all over the search engines about how much it costs for a ticket to the Super Bowl, but how about other major sporting events? Millions of fans attend sports contests every year and millions more watch them on television. People love sports! Let’s take a look at how many fans saw five of the biggest events in sports in 2012 and see the price of a ticket to attend those events in 2013.

Winter Classic - January 1, 2013 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs take the show outdoors on New Years Day in 2013. NBC is the television host and 3.74 million fans made the Winter Classic the #1 watched regular season hockey game in 2012. Almost 47,000 people attended the match-up at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. So, how much for 2013 Winter Classic tickets?

  • Cheap Ticket: $276.54 Section 31 Row 96
  • Average Ticket: $481.58 Section 6 Row 79

BCS National Championship Game - January 7, 2013 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

The BCS National Championship game will be aired on ESPN in 2013. 24.2 million viewers tuned into the television last year and over 78,000 attended the game. You are probably wondering which SEC team will win this year? Since 2006, the SEC has owned the National Championship game. How much are BCS Bowl tickets this year?

  • Cheap Ticket: $874.04 Section 452 Row 27
  • Average Ticket: $2,265.35 Lower Level Corner
A few of my tickets from big games.

NCAA Men’s Final Four - April 6 & 8, 2013 at Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The NCAA signed a long-term agreement with CBS and TBS in 2010. 16.04 million viewers tuned into CBS and over 75,000 were at the Superdome in 2012. If you choose to make the trip to Atlanta in 2013, how much for Final Four tickets this year?

  • Cheap All Session Ticket: $587.30 Upper Bowl Baseline
  • Average All Session Ticket: $1622.22 Floor Baseline

Kentucky Derby - May 4, 2013 at Church Hill Downs in Louisville.

Okay, I know, you’re thinking…. “not a game”. Don’t tell that to the 165,307 that broke a record for attending the event in 2012. TV ratings were down slightly from 2011 with 6.93 million fans viewing the actual race part of the broadcast. The $187 million dollars bet on the race last year also was a record. I’ll Have Another carried jockey Mario Gutierrez across the finish line of the 2 kilometer jaunt in 2:01.83. Maybe that is why the race is called, ‘the fastest 2 minutes in sports’! How much for Kentucky Derby 2013 tickets?

  • Cheap Ticket: $368.58 Section 128 Row EE
  • Average Ticket: $1249.33 Section Turf Club Row Walks

Major League Baseball All Star Game - July 16, 2013 at Citi Field in Flushing Meadows.

The ratings for Fox were down for the second consecutive year with 10.1 million people watching the Major League Baseball All Star game in 2012. Almost 41,000 fans attended the game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The American League is also looking to recover from consecutive losses in 2013. The Mid-Summer Classic is a high stakes game as the winner gets home field advantage in the World Series. Just how much will it cost to attend the MLB All Star game 2013?

  • Cheap Ticket: $575.08 Promenade Outfield
  • Average Ticket: $988.50 Outfield Reserve

*note all prices were at the time the post was written on 8/23/2012