How to Get Cheaper College Football Playoff Tickets

As college football’s regular season has reached its end, the 2021 College Football Playoff final rankings have finally been announced. The four teams left standing who can still be crowned as national champion are traditional powers who are no stranger to the CFP system that’s been the way to determine the NCAA Football champion since the 2014 season.

The winner of this year’s Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl will meet in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game that will be held in Miami at Hard Rock Stadium on January 11th. The other New Years Six major bowls that aren’t in the CFP rotation this year are the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, AZ at State Farm Stadium, the Orange Bowl in Miami, FL at Hard Rock Stadium, the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, GA at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, TX at AT&T Stadium.

In this this blog, we’ll tell you how you can get the same College Football Playoff seats at prices 10% cheaper than our leading competitor.

What Teams Are in the College Football Playoffs?

The final rankings heading into the playoffs are as follows:

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide
  2. Clemson Tigers
  3. Ohio State Buckeyes
  4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Alabama and Notre Dame are slated to face off with one another in the first semifinal matchup on New Year’s Day at the Rose Bowl that will be held at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX. This major bowl game will be held in Texas for this year only in order to allow some fans to attend the contest that wouldn’t allow fan attendance if it were held in Pasadena, CA as it has been every other year since 1943. It’s been reported that up to 16,000 fans will be allowed to attend this game. 

Clemson and Ohio State will play each other in the other semifinal game at the 2021 Sugar Bowl, which will once again be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The attendance for this game has been announced at just 3,000 fans, which means the demand for tickets should be incredibly high. 

Fans can expect these college football tickets to be in huge demand due to the massive popularity of the sport itself and each of the four teams, who are all known to travel well and be willing to spend up to catch their team’s pursuit of a national championship in person. If you’re looking to have any specific seating-related questions answered, check out our detailed CFP Championship Seating Chart blog!

The two teams that make it to the championship game in Miami will represent two fan bases of huge programs, which will keep demand high for a championship game ticket and prompts the question: how can you get the cheapest College Football Playoff tickets?

How To Get Cheaper College Football Playoff Championship Tickets

While these tickets are in extremely high demand each and every year regardless of how big or small the participating schools are, there are a few ways that interested buyers can try to obtain tickets at or around face value before they hit the secondary market and ticket prices soar. The following ways are the best opportunities that we’ve found for fans interested in securing tickets early on.

  1. Ticket Reservations – One way fans can try to acquire tickets around face value is through the College Football Playoff’s official website that has instilled an RSVP platform that allows fans to purchase a “reservation” for tickets to the CFP National Championship Game for the team of their choice. The cost of a reservation is dependent on market value, so a team like Clemson, for example – who finish near the top of the rankings each and every year and this year have tied Alabama as the only five-time participants in the College Football Playoffs since they were instituted in 2014 – would command the highest reservation price because fans are extremely confident that they’ll be there in the end – and with good reason. If a fan pays for a reservation and their team makes the playoffs, they have the right to buy a face value ticket to the game, which in the end amounts to a great deal of savings that initially came with some risk. If you fear your team will NOT make the big game, you have the right to sell your reservation spot at whatever price you see fit at any time, but keep in mind that if you’re looking to get rid of it for factors like your team’s chances having taken a big hit, others may not be willing to pay as much. If your team doesn’t make the final game, you’re out the money that you paid for the reservation either way.
  2. Playoff Premium – While the mere connotation of the term “premium” suggests otherwise, purchasing tickets through the premium package offered by the CFP official website can still ultimately be an economical route. As the final CFP rankings announcement draws closer, fans of those teams will start to pull the trigger and pay the price for these premium packages that include a ticket to the National Championship Game and amenities like pregame and in-game hospitality packages, souvenirs, and postgame photo ops, among others.
  3. Participating Teams – Half of all tickets for the CFP National Championship Game are allocated to the two universities whose teams are playing, with the tickets sold directly through the institutions themselves. Unless you have a major connection at the school or know somebody in the higher-ups of the ticketing offices for the school, your opportunity to secure a ticket to the game will be extremely scarce.
  4. Bidding – Another opportunity to secure cheaper tickets for the College Football Playoff National Championship would be to utilize TickPick’s bidding platform, which allows a user to bid on tickets in certain sections or seat ratings at their price. If a seller with tickets for the game elects to accept the bid, the bidder’s card is charged and the order processes like any other transaction at the bidder’s price. For more information on how to take advantage of the bidding option, view our bidding tutorial.

If you weren’t able to secure tickets through any presales, general sales, or the aforementioned methods for the College Football Playoffs, don’t worry, you’re not alone. College football tickets can still be purchased from secondary marketplaces, although the prices will not be at face value. With the huge fan bases of the the teams still vying for a birth in the CFP, market prices are anticipated to be on the higher side, but that doesn’t mean that good deals can’t be had – if you know where to look.

With high prices come high service fees with many marketplaces, but not TickPick. Here at TickPick we have no service fees, making us your source for cheaper College Football Championship tickets than any other major secondary ticket marketplace. Given the high face values and extreme resale value of this annual event, prices can get out of hand quickly when you factor in the fees that every other marketplace aside from TickPick will charge you on top of the listed price.

When Is the Best Time to Buy College Football Playoff Championship Game Tickets?

The CFP Championship is one of the biggest events in sports every single year, and is even more important for many football fans than the Super Bowl. We at TickPick field numerous calls and emails from fans interested in securing tickets to this game, and we’ve essentially handled it as we would for the Super Bowl, given the extreme value and high demand for these tickets that only increases as the matchups shake out.

What we’d tell an interested buyer is that if you’re comfortable with prices where they’re at, we’d suggest buying now rather than risking the prices continuing to go up as the championship matchup is set.

Why Should I Buy Tickets for the CFP Championship Game Through TickPick?

In short, securing your tickets through TickPick is the way to save money because of our no fee pricing structure that makes a much bigger difference on the total price of tickets as prices for an event like this get higher. TickPick has had an extreme increase in sales for major events like the Super Bowl in recent years because fans out there tend to do plenty of research when they’re willing to commit thousands of dollars per ticket.

When a fan is looking to purchase a ticket for a major event like this that is listed on both StubHub and TickPick, for example, the price will ultimately be higher (usually by hundreds of dollars) once the fees are applied on other sites like StubHub who tack on the fees at the end.  Refer to an example below for a pod of 6 premium, lower level midfield club seats in Section 148 for the game that are listed on both TickPick and StubHub.

StubHub’s Listed Price (as of 12/21)

Notice the difference with the above graphic’s initial listed price with what you’ll actually pay on StubHub for these great seats to the game in the graphic below. Initially, this listing was showing a price of $2,640 per ticket. A decent deal for great seats to such an important game, right? You would think so, until you go to checkout on the order.

StubHub’s Price at Checkout (as of 12/21)

The price jumps from initially showing at $2,640 per ticket (presumably $15,840 for the entire pod of 6 seats) on StubHub to $20,260.50 for the pack of six, or an increase of $4,420.50 that is just accounting for fees that our major competitor StubHub is charging the buyer. 

StubHub tacks on fees of an astronomical 25+% to the original price that would amount to the buyer paying an additional $736 PER TICKET on top of the initial price that the buyer would see before checking out.

Now, compare the StubHub prices above with that of the prices on TickPick below, which initially show for $3,306 per ticket with all-in pricing (which is unchanged from the listed price all the way through checkout and never adds or includes fees) with that of the graphic above for the exact same tickets on StubHub.

TickPick’s Listed Price/Price at Checkout (as of 12/30)

The difference in buying these tickets on TickPick rather than StubHub amounts to a difference of $424 that you’d save by purchasing the EXACT SAME tickets from the same seller.  This savings only extrapolates as the price per ticket increases. Do the research before making your decision in order to save big.

Besides all of these reasons, TickPick allows buyers to use a payment plan to purchase expensive tickets that may normally break the bank for some fans. For more information on how to pay in installments for purchases over $1,500, read more about it here in our blog about our partner Affirm.

When Will I Receive My Tickets for the College Football Playoff National Championship Game?

With major events like this, tickets often times aren’t allocated by the teams until the week of the event. The reason for that is that the matchups aren’t predetermined, so once they become apparent (in this case, on 12/20, 22 days prior to the title game) the schools are allocated tickets by the venue and NCAA that go to donors, alumni, current students, etc. These tickets may very well hit the resale market well ahead of when they’re actually received by the brokers who are able to list them for sale.

Most tickets for the CFP Championship in recent years have been mobile entry only. Please keep in mind that mobile tickets may not be available until 24-48 hours prior to game time, but as soon as the seller is granted access to them from the venue, they will then take the time to manually transfer them to the buyer’s account to be claimed on their mobile phones.

TickPick’s Guarantees

As always, TickPick provides our buyers with a BuyerTrust Guarantee on all tickets, assuring any buyers that tickets purchased through us will be secure and 100% valid for entry. Sellers stand to lose a lot of money should their tickets ever not work for any event, let alone one with high values on tickets like this, so they have every reason to ensure there will not be any issues.  Furthermore, many tickets for this event will be via the aforementioned mobile entry, which is a system implemented by the venue in order to prevent fraud (the mobile QR codes aren’t released until a few days prior to the game at most and cannot be duplicated). The rest of these tickets are hard stock that are issued directly from the venue and have systems in place to verify and ensure that they cannot be counterfeited.

How to Get Sold Out College Football Championship Tickets

With high prices come high service fees with many marketplaces, but not TickPick. Here at TickPick we have no service fees, making us your source for no-fee College Football Championship tickets on the secondary market. Given the high face values and extreme resale value of this annual event, prices can get out of hand quickly when you factor in the fees that every other marketplace aside from TickPick will charge you on top of the listed price.

If you have not used TickPick before, you can sign up with the link below for $10 off your first purchase. If you have any questions regarding College Football Playoff Championship tickets, don’t hesitate to call us at 845-538-4567 or contact us by email at [email protected]

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