They don’t want ‘Bama.

Three of Alabama’s four home conference opponents, Mississippi State, Missouri and TAMU, have returned part of their visitors’ allotments.  Apparently this is something of a developing trend, as last season, unused tickets were resold for games with Ole Miss and Arkansas.

So much for it just means more, I guess.

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13 responses to “They don’t want ‘Bama.

  1. Mayor

    Just opposit of Dawgs fans who buy every available ticket and take over the home team’s stadium.

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  2. Gaskilldawg

    A & M sells more home tickets than any team in the conference, but it can’t sell just 7,000 to watch it play the team it is chasing? Jeez.

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  3. 79Dawg

    Disagree. The issue is why would you pay $100+ to sit at the top of the upper deck, when you can go on stubhub and spend $200ish to get some seats in the lower bowl. The home teams are jacking up the price of the visitors tickets and putting them in the worst seats. I get why they do that – it allows you to essentially discourage away fans from coming, but since you’re going to sell the tickets to your fans, it is financially neutral – but I think that explains the phenomena. This Dawg is done for sure paying $100+++ to sit in the upper deck at Neyland and Williams-Brice and Jordan-Haire…

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    • That kind of reasoning sure didn’t stop Georgia fans from snapping up every Notre Dame ticket the school offered for sale last year.

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      • 79Dawg

        That’s cause it was a once in a lifetime opportunity – 4 of the 5 teams you mentioned in your post play at Bama every other year…
        I’m sure you’ve gotten emails (like I have), I think each of the last 3 times we’ve played in Columbia, offering tickets for sale in late July/August because we hadn’t sold out our allotment there…

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        • I think you’re making my point for me. SEC fans don’t see conference games as being as must see as the SEC tries to sell itself.

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          • JCDAWG83

            I think they view the games as “must see”, however, they don’t see them as “must buy”. I doubt the fans of the schools mentioned will skip watching the game.

            It appears the supply of the ability to watch a given football game combined with the price demanded to watch said game in person combined with the poor seating location offered has outstripped the demand for tickets. Colleges may want to talk with NASCAR about what happens when you take your fan base for granted.

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            • Greg

              You are correct. I’ve gone to many road games and would rather pay a premium price for good seats than an ever increasing price for the garbage seats provided through the school. Those 600 level seats at UGA are a travesty…you aren’t even a part of the game up there. As for the Bama situation, Miss State is less than an hour away, very nearly beat Bama last year and they have high hopes this year. You can’t tell me they returned their tix from Bama due to a lack of interest.

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          • 79Dawg

            They are not “must see in person” for visiting fans, and one of the factors that goes into that decision is that the location of the visitor’s tickets are not a good value. They are even less of a good value when every game is on tv.
            Sadly, I imagine the league probably prefers people watch the games on tv rather than being there (at least until lack of attendance becomes noticeable to, or affects the atmosphere of, the game on tv).

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          • stoopnagle

            At least the every-other-year conference games… We’ll show out for LSU this year since we’ll never visit there again /s

            I agree with the others. Cola is a short trip, but why would I pay $100+ to sit next to the sun on an already hot day when I can watch at home from about the same vantage point, then go see Robert Earl Keen at the Georgia Theater that night?

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  4. Bright Idea

    Both way too steep, price and location.

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  5. they are available for 110$ a pop if anyone wants one. Crickets, is that what I hear. To go to Tuscaloosa and be surrounded by Bama fans is also a MAJOR drawback.

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