Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Irish games drawing hefty prices
By Matt Fortuna
Want to know how popular Notre Dame is? Take a look at ticket prices for some of this fall's games.
OK, not the top price. That has been paid for by folks traveling to College Station, Texas, on Sept. 14 to see if the reigning Heisman Trophy winner can once again take down the defending national champions.
Notre Dame appears on the list four times, including twice at home.
The Irish's Oct. 19 night game against arch-rival USC is the second-most expensive ticket to grab now, with the lowest-priced ticket going for $375. Not much further behind is Notre Dame's home tilt three weeks earlier with Oklahoma, which will cost you $350, at minimum, to attend.
Want to see Notre Dame try to even its record to 1-1 in night games at Michigan Stadium? A cool $295, at minimum, will do, making that the fourth-highest priced ticket — $20 more and one spot higher than the Wolverines' annual end-of-season tilt with arch-rival Ohio State, which itself could be playing to put itself in position for a spot in the national title game.
One of the bigger surprises comes in at No. 7, with the Irish's annual Shamrock Series tilt — this year against Arizona State in Arlington, Texas, — drawing a minimum of $249 for a ticket.
Notre Dame's four appearances on the 10-game list edge out Alabama, whose quest for a three-peat features three games demanding plenty of cash — the aforementioned tilt with the Aggies, a Nov. 9 home game with LSU ($255 minimum, good for sixth-most expensive) and the Nov. 30 Iron Bowl at Auburn ($245, ninth).
Oklahoma and Michigan appear on the list two times apiece, including their contests against the Irish.