For Alabama fans hoping to make the pilgrimage to California for the BCS National Championship Game, there is good news and bad news.
The game is officially sold out, but tickets and travel packages are still available for the Jan. 7 showdown with Texas, although they won’t come cheap.
And if the $300 minimum for scalped tickets for Saturday’s SEC Championship Game sounded expensive, BCS seats are selling for even more outrageous prices on resale Web sites. Of the 5,714 tickets listed on Stubhub.com on Wednesday evening, the cheapest seats located in the highest reaches of the 92,000-seat Rose Bowl were going for $950 apiece.
On the other end of the spectrum, luxury boxes that include 14 tickets and four parking passes had asking prices of $100,290 on Stubhub and $100,912 on eBay.com. The best seats near the 50-yard line on the lower level were going for $26,799 a pop.
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Even parking passes that don’t include game admission are going for as much as $454.25 on eBay.
Going through a travel agency offers lower prices but not the same view.
Karen Griffin, an agent at Elite Travel in Decatur, Ala., has packages costing $1,599 apiece for double occupancy including end zone tickets, ground transportation and two nights in a hotel. The packages, she said, “are selling like hotcakes.”
She estimates she’s sold 10 packages on her own and demand hasn’t slowed yet. The $1,599 does not include airfare and finding flights in and out of the Los Angeles area is the hard part as of Wednesday afternoon, Griffin said.
There was one offering on the online classified site craigslist.com that solves that issue. For $8,000 per person, Alabama fans can get a seat on a private plane, stay one night in a hotel and sit in lower-level premium seats.
Sportstraveler.com still was offering packages to those sold by Elite that also include round-trip airfare, three nights in a hotel and end zone tickets for $2,905. Take out the tickets and packages cost $2,200.
Ticketmaster had similar offers, but the option to select packages out of Birmingham that were listed Tuesday was not on the Web site as of Wednesday evening. There are still packages marketed toward Texas fans with flights leaving Dallas and three nights in a hotel for $2,295.
Even the official Web site for the BCS Championship and the Tournament of Roses had limited options and a link to its own ticket resale Web site with seats priced no cheaper than $1,000 apiece. Packages similar to those sold by Elite Travel were available on the site tournamentofroses.com, starting at $1,900 for double occupancy.
The cheapest route would have been going directly through the university, although notifications were sent to only Tide Pride members, students and faculty after the SEC Championship Game.
Alabama was allotted 19,000 tickets, being sold at $200 apiece. Through Tuesday, University of Alabama spokesman Doug Walker said 5,000 applications were received, and the school no longer will take new requests.