Just wondering if people have had luck getting good deals buying tickets outside the stadium on Gameday for early non-con games, such as Akron?
Buying Tickets in AA on gameday
Go somewhere that has a wireless network, and download tix right to your phone. I did it this past saturday and it worked amazingly. Got GREAT seats too.
(just to be sure I ran to the FedEx on Liberty and printed them for $1)
just curious, what did you pay?
I sat in Sec 24, Row 54 -- paid $210 ($420 for two)
I cannot stress enough the importance of using a wireless network if you go this route. I have Verizon and my ability to access websites on my phone was utterly non-existent on Saturday in Ann Arbor (not surprisingly). No way was I going to make an electronic purchase of that size without confidence in my connection.
How is the view??? I'm sitting ten rows ahead for the Nebraska game in Section 24.
Guys usually walk up and down stadium in front of pioneer trying to sell tickets.(and many other places) I'm out there parking cars in my lawn but for games like Akron they're ALWAYS below face value. You'll have no problem.
I always went to the plazas in front of the gates. For weak opponents there is a Forrest of people holding up tickets--and they aren't brokers.
I would never buy before I got to those areas, because the brokers looking to upsell are trying to catch you before you get to the huge supply of private sellers. When there are 30-40 people selling on one corner there are going to be sellers looking to unload and willing to take steep discounts.
SteveKing: Youre assuming that someone who is buying a ticket will only pay what's being offered. To me it doesnt matter where you are looking if you already know what you want to pay. Locations where there are more sellers also means more buyers. Negotiating is part of the process, but at any rate its going to be easy to find tickets below face value. EASY.
I wasn't assuming that, but rather noting that the profile of the sellers changes as you get closer. Brokers are trying to make a buck, and while they can negotiate they also have different priorities and a higher floor. Doesn't make them bad--I've bought that way before.
But for Akron the best deals are available from people whose priorities are: 1. Getting something, anything for a ticket whose cost is already sunk. 2. Getting into the Stadium and actually seeing the game, the whole point of their trip.
Those people are standing outside the gates. There are more buyers, yes, but its a seller's market.
I agree with you about buyers with a price in mind. I think even then, it is worthwhile to shop around unless you find something perfect. The only time I almost regretted shopping for something better was '99 against ND, when I discovered that there were almost no tix for sale at all and nearly got shut out. Eventually found a broker at Pioneer and paid more than I had planned.
before the Akron game.
I managed to sell 4 tickets to Akron for $55/each and was very pleased to get that. On game day, prices will be subterranean.
there are already literally hundreds on stubhub for less that $40 if you don't mind the corner endzones.
Unless there has been a remarkable change in laws and culture in the last 8 years, tickets should be everywhere outside the gate for Akron and other "minor" games. I went to every game for years by buying tickets for dirt cheap outside the gate, only having to pay extra for games like ND and OSU.
At a game like Akron there will be tons of people with extras, and they will frankly be happy to get any portion of their cost back and get into the game with some time to spare. If you're picky about where you sit, you can browse to find who is selling seats you want, but if you are wisely not picky you'll find something good with no effort.
I agree with everyone above who's suggesting you buy on game day. Saturday is also Yom Kippur, which will result in even more tickets being in circulation. You should be able to get tickets for $25 or less each...whether it be on StubHub or in front of the stadium.
I will be attending my first game ever for the Indiana game on October 19th. I'm from Milwaukee and booked a hotel room but do not have tickets yet. How hard will tickets be to get at the stadium?
For IU it shouldn't be hard at all.
I gave my Akron tickets to a very cool older gentlemen sitting next to me. So yes people literally give their tickets away for games like these
The scoreboard during the game was pushing these tickets with free shirts, food, etc. Group tickets are also available at the ticket office. I think there is serious concern that the attendance for this game is going to be the worst in years. I sold my 4 for $55 each and thought I did really well.
Would like to see several thousand not sold. Great way to send the message to stop scheduling this crap. This is a good indication of how easy tickets are going to be available for all games next year at home. The schedule is horrible and the demand for any of these games, except Penn State is going to be low.
I need to get 3 tickets for the minnesota game. They're $100 each on stubhub. I know it's homecoming, but I was a little surprised. I'm thinking about waiting until gameday and buying from someone on the street. Makes kind of nervous - any thoughts?
The stubhub tickets usually start to come down about two weeks before the game. If you can wait until game week, I'd expect you'd see tickets at about half that price.
Thanks. If I remember correctly from your earlier posts, you're the guy that rides his bike to the games? I'm assuming you're very familiar with the ticket buying process.
The fact that I need 3 together has me a litte extra paranoid - my experience is that it's harder to get odd numbers together, but I'm leaning toward waiting. $100 for Minnesota is just too much in my opinion, especially since one of my guests is not much of a fan.
You're right to be concerned about the larger number, but you're also wise to wait.
Consider that it wouldn't be at all surprising to find four tix for $200. That's still some serious coin, but $100 less than what you're looking at now. With bonus extra seat space. I'd wait.
I think that's sound advice. Thank you.
So easy to get tickets, just get on craigslist once you get up there and it's very easy. I got tickets to the ND game by doing the same thing. Hell I think the last 3 games I've gone to thats what I've done.
Did your watching the game "alone" affect your fun at all, or were you adopted by your neighbors in the crowd?
quite frequently. A completely different animal from football, yes. But I have never had a dull time because I was sitting amongst strangers. My enthusiasm tends to rub off onto others sitting nearby tbh.