Tickets to Monday's national title game will be the cheapest in a decade.
StubHub officials said Monday that the average price paid on its secondary ticketing site for the College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T between Alabama and Clemson was $675. That's the lowest average price paid for a title game since StubHub started collecting data 10 years ago.
That's despite the fact that the College Football Playoff raised prices for tickets compared to games played under the BCS system. The highest-priced face value for the final BCS title game in 2014 was $385. The lowest-priced ticket that fans could buy from the schools for Monday night's game was $450.
Hundreds of tickets have sold for below face value on the resale market.
Patrick Ryan, co-owner of secondary ticketing company The Ticket Experience, said part of the drop can be attributed to Alabama fan fatigue.
"How many national championship games can you really expect a fan base to fly and buy tickets for?" Ryan asked.
Alabama won titles in 2009, 2011 and 2012 and has played in the BCS title game or the playoff in five of the past seven years. No other school has played in the title game more than once in that span.
Not only will Clemson fans likely outnumber Alabama fans Monday night, but they also paid more for their tickets.
"Clemson-dedicated sections traded at a 30 percent premium to the Alabama ones," Ryan said. "Usually by this point, fans have started taking the cost savings and sat on the opponent's side rather than pay up to be on their side. That they're willing to do this shows that they're willing to pay to have the best game-watching experience possible."
Prior to this game, StubHub's cheapest national championship game, by average price paid, was 2009 when Oklahoma played Florida ($684 average). The most expensive was 2012 between Alabama and LSU ($1,808), as the New Orleans location made it a reasonable drive for both fan bases.
That's not possible this time around, as Alabama's and Clemson's campuses are 1,661 and 1,982 miles, respectively, from University of Phoenix Stadium.
Cost of airfare is another reason why ticket prices to the game dropped. Lack of flights out of the Southeast raised prices to above $1,000 round-trip to Phoenix. That was even after carriers such as Delta ran special flights from Huntsville, Birmingham and the Greenville-Spartanburg airports to Phoenix, leaving Saturday and returning Tuesday after the game.
As of 1 p.m. ET, the cheapest ticket to the game was $185, but there were still more than 3,000 tickets up for sale on StubHub, which is a considerable number with kickoff less than eight hours away.