Syracuse football single-game tickets went on sale to season-ticket holders and alumni on Tuesday, and ticket prices have already shifted on the secondary market. SeatGeek, a secondary ticket aggregator, has provided the Fizz with some information regarding the market for Syracuse tickets just two days after they became available.
Ticket prices have fallen drastically in the last month or so, and fans can get into the Dome for very low prices. The season-opener against Villanova is selling for an average of just $24. In late June, tickets to this game were bought for an average of $48, exactly twice the price of today’s numbers. While the drop in prices is expected as the volume increases, tickets are now well below the average of past seasons.
Despite this, Syracuse’s matchup with the National Champions continues to be the most in-demand home game to take place in the Dome since SeatGeek began monitoring the secondary market in 2010. While prices have dropped from an average of $96, fans are still spending $79 a ticket to see Jameis Winston. The Pittsburgh home game in 2010 cost an average of $75, very close to Florida State’s price.
The Orange’s upcoming neutral site matchup against Notre Dame at Metlife Stadium is still breaking records for the team. In late June, tickets cost an average of $163, and prices have only fallen a small amount, to $158 today. The volume of tickets traded for this game more than triples the Florida State game, probably due to the strong alumni presence for both schools in the New York City area.
The Orange will also host Maryland ($48), North Carolina State ($45), Duke ($42), and Louisville in the Dome. Contrary to what one may think, the Louisville game is currently the second-cheapest game on the schedule, with tickets costing a mere $40 on the secondary market. Despite the rivalry between the schools, tickets have fallen from $54.
For games played in the Carrier Dome in 2013, the average ticket price through Aug. 7 was $72, while this season’s tickets in the Dome are averaging just $57. This can be attributed to many things, most probably the school’s move to the ACC last year. Syracuse had an onslaught on unfamiliar opponents. While the move to the new conference makes sense, what is surprising, however, is the low prices of this season. Syracuse is still playing new teams this season and is playing arguably a more high-profile team. While Clemson was highly ranked at the start of last season, Orange fans get to see the defending National Champions and Heisman Trophy winner! In addition, the outlook for the team this season seems to be much more positive than last season. The Orange has a proven quarterback and stout defensive unit with a lot less depth chart questions than last year’s team.
What fans can take solace in, however, is the fact that there have been more than twice as many tickets traded this season than last season at this time. According to past trends, prices drop as more tickets are sold. The best time to buy, however, is in the month leading up to the game, as sellers tend to drop prices.
Posted by: Jason Weingold