OU Ticket Holders Upset After Being Denied Big 12 Title Game Seats
Oklahoma and Texas were both "allotted 8,500 tickets" to Saturday's Big 12 Championship game -- a total that accounts for 27% of the seats at AT&T Stadium -- but some OU season-ticket holders were still "denied tickets through the school because of high demand," according to Joe Mussatto of the OKLAHOMAN. OU "received 25,000 ticket requests" for the game, and nearly a third were "turned down." Institutional allotments of 8,500 was the "agreed-upon number between the Big 12 and AT&T Stadium." By comparison, the SEC "allocates 16,300 tickets to participating schools for its conference championship game." The remaining 46,000 seats at AT&T Stadium for the game, plus the "10,000 standing-room-only tickets," were sold through the Cowboys ticket office (OKLAHOMAN, 11/29). The Big 12 earlier this week announced that Saturday's game is "officially sold out." In Dallas, Spenser Davis noted it is "no surprise that demand for this game was high" -- this will be the first time OU and Texas face off "twice in the same season" since 1903, and a trip to a New Year's Six bowl game is on the line (DALLASNEWS.com, 11/28).
EXCITED FAN BASE: In Salt Lake City, Kurt Kragthorpe notes the combination of Utah’s first appearance in the Pac-12 Championship game and the fact it clinched its spot in the game with a "week left in the regular season have driven ticket sales" for tomorrow night's matchup against Washington at Levi's Stadium. Utah AD Mark Harlan said that the school had "sold nearly all of its 3,500-ticket allotment by Monday morning." Factoring in tickets purchased through the Pac-12, with Utah's alumni base in northern California, it would "not be surprising if several thousand or more Ute fans come to Levi's Stadium." Harlan: "We’re anticipating a really big turnout" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 11/29).
REIGN SUPREME: In Georgia, Justin Baxley reports the average ticket price for the Alabama-Georgia SEC Championship game on the secondary market is $776, making it the "second-highest average this decade" for the game. Ticket IQ notes this year's matchup is only "surpassed by the title game last year, which saw Georgia top Auburn." The price of those were on "average around $945." The '12 Alabama-Georgia game had the "third-highest average ticket price of $602." The next highest ticket for a conference title game this year is OU-Texas in the Big 12 game -- it has an "average ticket price of $331." The "average prices for other games include Ohio State vs. Northwestern for $211 in the Big 10 title game and Clemson vs. Pittsburgh in the ACC Title game for $105." Utah-Washington is only averaging $90 for the Pac-12 title game (Macon TELEGRAPH, 11/29).