Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Notre Dame football.

Friday, December 8

Pricing Sugar Bowl Tickets

So say you’re a Notre Dame fan and you just have to have a Sugar Bowl ticket because you know, absolutely know, the Irish will beat LSU and end all that bowl futility.

Ticket demand indicates Notre Dame’s allotment of tickets already have been sold, which might really depress you until you realize you have all sorts of money available in the kids’ college fund.

Sorry. Only kidding. That’s what you have your retirement fund for.

Anyway, so what do you do? Well, you could try the classified ads looking for tickets, or you could try internet sites such as, which provides tickets for big-time events.

As you might have guessed, the Sugar Bowl is a big-time event. According to numbers, it’s the third-highest ranked bowl game after the national title game and Rose Bowl based on gross sales.

Sugar Bowl tickets are available on-line between $250 and $1,900, for an average of $352 per ticket. By comparison, the title game between Ohio State and Florida has tickets available between $1,100 and $17,000, for an average of $1,466 a ticket. The only tickets that ever cost more on was Super Bowl XL.

The Rose Bowl has an average ticket price of $511. The Fiesta Bowl is at $280. The Orange Bowl is at $212.

Hopefully this gives you an idea of what you’re dealing with. And if you don’t have to tap the kids or retirement funds, all the better.


Blogger wherethereisawill said...

Hmm..we picked ours up somewhere between those prices..ouch. Sitting in the endzone plaza section. Any other ND fans from here going?

December 10, 2006 8:58 AM

Blogger Pete DiPrimio said...

I'm sure you won't be alone. This is a good bowl and a good destination. Unfortunately, good often means expensive, but that's the price of a BCS experience.

December 13, 2006 8:09 AM


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