B1G Championship Game tix/Shoowin redux

Submitted by uofmdds96 on November 6th, 2018 at 3:07 PM

I know that this was a topic 2 weeks ago https://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/big-ten-championship-ticket-prices

but this angle was not explored.  Shoowin is linked on the B1G site to get tickets along with Ticketmaster.  Shoowin says, " ShooWin Reservations are not tickets. ShooWin Reservations are team and game specific reservations for the guaranteed right and obligation to purchase a ticket if the team you have chosen qualifies to play in the game. ShooWin Reservations are non-refundable. "

Each team has different prices to reserve.  I just searched for the best seats which are club level lower.  Here is what I found.  Michigan $350  OSU $300 Northwestern $35 Iowa $19.  Through the chat I confirmed that this is just the reservation fee.  Then you pay the face value of the ticket ($190) if your team makes it.  If you reserve for Michigan then the ticket will ultimately cost you $540 plus I imagine some "convenience fees".  If Michigan does not make it you lose $190 per  ticket. 

Now why would anyone reserve under Michigan or OSU when they could reserve under the most likely West representative Northwestern or outside chance Iowa?  You can reserve for more than one team.  So a  $54 (both Northwestern and Iowa) hedge gets you the guarantee of a ticket. 

Has anyone "reserved" a ticket this way? Some previous posters have said this game does not sell out and others have said that it does and tickets are hard to get days before.  I have not looked at hotel reservations to book something that is refundable yet.  What am I missing in the Shoowin equation?

Comments

Leaders And Best

November 6th, 2018 at 3:21 PM ^

By S&P+, Northwestern is only around 50% to win the division. ESPN FPI is a little higher on them and currently projecting them into the B1G Championship Game, but I would hardly call it a lock. The advanced stats have Northwestern as worse than their actual record and winning 2 of their last 3 games in not a layup for them. They won two games against Nebraska and Purdue that they probably had no business winning and beat Wisconsin without Hornibrook.

s1105615

November 6th, 2018 at 4:03 PM ^

Counterpoint:  I've gone to every G1G Championship Game except last year when I sold my seats to my Buckeye fan boss.  The B1G Championship Game has never sold out, and that includes the several games OSU has played in, which also included games that were statement games to send the winner to the CFP (2014 OSU over Wisc, 2015 MSU over Iowa, 2016 PSU over Wisc & 2017 OSU over Wisc notwithstanding as both winners made as strong a case as any team could).

If you want to guarantee good seats and are willing to pay $200-$300 over face, just buy them off stubhub or some other 3rd party seller, or find a scalper in downtown Indy the day of the game.  The seats will be there and available.  If you just want to get in the door, you will be able to walk up to the stadium and buy them day of as well.

NittanyFan

November 6th, 2018 at 4:59 PM ^

You're right.  It may sell out this year, but there are a number of dynamics that work against it being an annual sell-out:

1) Very often, fans don't know if they're playing there until 7 days prior.

2) Teams playing will often be going to a very good Bowl Game, or the CFP.  Folks without an unlimited budget may choose the Bowl vs. the B1G Championship.

3) People are also spending $ on Christmas during this time of year.  Also works against folks without an unlimited budget.

4) Indianapolis isn't a hub airport - so not the easiest place in the world to get plane tickets to.  Indianapolis also isn't Atlanta (host city for the SEC Championship).

5) Some fan bases (e.g., Wisconsin) may suffer from "Indianapolis fatigue."  Oh, we're here again?

It's still a good game, and Indianapolis does a good job hosting the event.  It's just not a guaranteed annual sell-out.

Mercury Hayes

November 6th, 2018 at 3:26 PM ^

Why would you even need to reserve a ticket? Neutral site at a large stadium with a bad matchup. I guess we haven't gone before but yeah reserving a ticket is bad. Just buy them when/if they make it. Also hotels have been full for weeks. I reserved a place 10 miles out two weeks ago. May cancel if needed but hopefully not.

Sione For Prez

November 6th, 2018 at 3:34 PM ^

The only time I think it is worth it is if you care about where you sit. If all you want is to get into the stadium then I agree with you. If you want to sit on the 50 in the lower bowl then reserving is probably a good option since the secondary market for premium seats will likely be insane for Michigan's first trip to Indy.

True Blue Grit

November 6th, 2018 at 6:32 PM ^

The hotel thing is what I'm trying to figure out.  Yeah, you check now on the travel sites and everything in a 10 mile radius of the stadium is booked.  I have to believe a lot of those reservations are from various fanbases who may not get to the game.  We'd definitely like to go if Michigan gets there.  Indy is a great place to visit for sports events.  Lots of great places to eat near the stadium area.  

Jmer

November 6th, 2018 at 5:48 PM ^

Shame on MSU  and their fans but credit to the Iowa fans who did make the trip as there were multiple reports Iowa fans apparently bought all the beer in Indy and they were able to attempt to strip the stadium in their black and yellow at a neutral site game. 

https://thespun.com/national/iowa-fans-are-apparently-buying-all-of-the-beer-in-indianapolis

 

https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2015/12/5/9854572/iowa-fans-indianapolis-beer

 

https://www.reddit.com/r/CFB/comments/3vkr5u/iowa_fans_drank_a_indy_bar_out_of_beer/

 

iowa stripe in indy.jpg

Blue_42

November 6th, 2018 at 3:47 PM ^

I've been looking at hotels and every room within walking distance to the stadium is booked already. I think the closest hotel with availability is almost 6 miles away. Not far by any stretch of the imagination, but was hoping to find something connected to the stadium.

kittycat

November 6th, 2018 at 3:56 PM ^

You lose the cost of the option ($350).  You never purchase the ticket because the option expires if Michigan is not in the game. Also, hotels within walking distance are booked a year in advance. 

a2bluefan

November 6th, 2018 at 4:22 PM ^

Tix have been on sale for weeks (months?) on Ticketmaster. I bought a pair for $75/ea plus fees a couple weeks ago. Not great seats, but not terrible either. If we don't go, I'll get what I can for them on StubHub. If we do, and I can get better seats through UM, I'll buy 'em and sell the ones I already bought.

I booked a cancellable hotel on the outskirts months ago. Downtown rooms were available back then, but I just won't pay what they're asking. 

DowntownLJB

November 6th, 2018 at 4:27 PM ^

I know people who spent $18 a ticket for M reservations the week prior to the MSU game.  The cost for reservation has climbed steeply as the season has progressed.

Maize in Cincy

November 6th, 2018 at 4:45 PM ^

When you paid to reserve, do you also get charged the face value of ticket once team makes the game?  There is a chance you would be charged for a NW/OSU game then right?  I'm guessing you wouldn't get your tickets with enough time to resell them either.

You would also be in a section with mostly NW fans if that matters to you.

Berger04

November 6th, 2018 at 4:47 PM ^

Me and 5 of my buddies all pulled the trigger during the 3rd qrt last week. $165 section 517 front row. Airbnb 3 bedroom house 1.1 miles away......Priceless. We will be attending the game regardless. Indy is a great town. We are getting there Friday night, leaving Sunday morning. Pumped.  We will have #ClearyStrong on the back of our MICHIGAN T-Shirts for our close friend at 36, had a stoke and is still in a coma. If you see us in a brewery or tailgating stop by and have a beer with us. Go Blue.

s1105615

November 6th, 2018 at 5:45 PM ^

Besides hotel rooms and tickets, the other thing to consider is making a reservation at one of the dining establishments around the stadium, as they fill up early and stay that way until about 40 minutes before kickoff (or as soon as people realize they’ll miss the kick if they sit down for dinner).  St Elmo’s (world famous cocktail sauce), Harry & Izzies (sister location to St Elmo’s), and Ruth Chris were all booked when I went to set a reservation, but I will be at Fogo de chao at 6pm so it worked out.