For most games, it's cheapest to buy them right before kickoff. But for ND, demand is always high, so you might as well buy what you can early on to avoid getting shut out. For PSU, I'd start looking a few weeks into the season. If we get off to a strong start, demand for that game will be high and again, you may want to secure tickets early. But if we struggle early, you may want to wait until nearer to game time to get a good deal.
What is the best time to buy scalped tickets?
"But for ND, demand is always high"
This depends on how M starts (and how ND starts, too, I guess). There have been years I've looked for tickets on the street and have found prices to be high and supply to be very limited, but the year of the App St disaster, I got into the ND game for below face value well before kickoff (which I remember because the not-young fans behind me complained that I was standing up DURING PRE-GAME).
Also, I've bought tickets on the street for a couple different Penn State games, and I haven't had problems finding reasonably-priced tickets. If you're going to try to buy on the street on gameday, I'd say the Penn State game would be a safer bet.
if your willing enough to wait until gameday. about 5 minutes into gametime, anyone on the street who still has a ticket will be desperate to sell it. Also, if the Penn State games ends up being nasty outside, you'd have an easier chance of getting good value.
Set up your DVR, be willing to wait and all the leverage goes your way as the clock ticks toward kickoff.
Also another question would it be cheaper to use classifides websites or scalpers on game days
Depends if you care where the seats will be.
The tickets aren't even out yet, so I would wait until late August to get them for any games (from a 3rd party).
yeah i don't really care i sat at the top of the stadium last year and it was actually a really good view.
Try buying tickets to the M game through the PSU ticket office.
and once the game's actually sold out, try stub hub and craiglist rather than ticket broker sites (although a lot of craiglist ads link to those). stub hub was an amazing invention.
If you are a townie and don't care about the possibility of getting shut out, I agree with the poster who said that the best time is right after the game starts right outside the stadium. Make absurd offers (like $5) and wait for a counter. Always make another couple of counters to their counter.
Scalpers who have multiple tickets left after kickoff are the best people to buy from. They have too much inventory and not enough demand.
Keep a small amount of money in a pocket and pretend it is all you have. If "all you have" is a strange amount like $18 in a wrinkled wad, the scalper may decide that that's all he can get out of you and take your offer. It also keeps you from pulling out a wallet and the possibility of a crash and grab.
Also, a less-risk/slightly less reward way of getting a ticket is to hang out at CUBS AC and either ask the bartender to announce that you need a ticket or tickets or just yell it out yourself. You will pay around face; if you are looking to "scalp a scalper," you won't want to do this, but if you feel face is a decent value, then you are in the right place.
I probably got tix on the street to at least forty football games this way. The only time I got shut out was a ND game, but that was back when ND was ND instead of the parody of ND they are now. So, I don't think ND will be impossible anymore, either.
Hope this helps. Most of all, though, don't worry. And don't let the scalper mafia get you down.
almost 3 hours away, I'd do this more often.
1. How much should I pay for 2 ND Student tickets together?
2. Do they check the expiration date on your student ID? Mine expired in August of '08.