Help predicting secondary market for tickets v MSU

Submitted by Bleedin9Blue on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:56 AM

I'm hoping the board's collective knowledge and experience can help me determine when to buy tickets for the MSU game.


Typically I'm able to ignore the secondary market because I have season tickets, but this year I'll be part of a bachelor party that'll include going to the MSU game.  Thus, I'll be selling my season tickets so I can sit with the bachelor and company.  We're therefore going to need 6 tickets in a group.  Stubhub and Seatgeek have tickets below row 60 for $230+ so I'm sure I'll be shelling out a decent amount of money for the tickets.


For those more experienced in watching the secondary market, can I expect that ticket prices on Stubhub & Seatgeek will go down once the season ticket holders get their tickets (and presumably a subset of them put them on Stubhub)?  Or are the current prices going to hold pretty static under the assumption that Michigan is doing well and MSU is doing not-so-well?


Any insight is appreciated.



June 3rd, 2017 at 10:03 AM ^

Historically prices are always highest when both teams are undefeated as they are right now. I'd imagine MSU will have a few losses between now and that game, so prices should drop accordingly.


June 3rd, 2017 at 12:49 PM ^

This is normally correct, but I suspect there will be a lot of demand from Michigan fans to watch MSU get trounced. I think this may be a unique year for pricing this game given the drought Michigan is still coming out of against State and last years game being on the road.


June 3rd, 2017 at 5:41 PM ^

I thought there'd be a trounce last year but tickets never rose much above $100 even with UM unbeaten

I doubt UM will have as dominant a team this year and this isn't Bobby Williams coaching. Staee will have a terrible season but will make a respectable loss of it against its rival


June 3rd, 2017 at 10:04 AM ^

Tickets will go up if UM is undefeated and even higher if MSU isn't completely off the rails, only way they go down is if UM loses to Florida and MSU looks sad. So I wouldn't bet on waiting.


June 3rd, 2017 at 11:14 AM ^

Do you think that isn't already accounted for by the market?  I'd assume most people know it's all-but-certain to be a night game, so I'm hoping the pricing is already reflective of that fact.


But maybe I just think most people know that because I'm on this site.


June 3rd, 2017 at 10:54 AM ^

How many tickets together do you need? The higher the number, the more difficult it'll be. Last MSU game, we were able to find 4 together for $150 each the week of the game.


June 3rd, 2017 at 1:07 PM ^

This game is always more expensive to attend in Ann Arbor than East Lansing, and MSU was trash last year so their demand was extra low. 


Unless you can somehow get single game tickets from the university itself (or a ticketpack and either sell or use the other few games), there is no point to buying in the summer. 


The only way the prices won't fall the week of the game (especially 3-4 days before) is if both teams are undefeated, which seems highly unlikely. 


However, it's best to buy 2-3 days out. Typically the Sunday-Wednesday of the game (for marquee games at least), the prices start falling, but then they bump back up a little bit the day or so before as people who have been waiting start buying quickly. 


June 3rd, 2017 at 11:01 AM ^

However, they should come in at 2-2 or maybe, just maybe 3-1. It looks like we willbe facing this group:


LT: Chewins, Finley
LG: Higby, Gianackakos
C: B. Allen, M. Allen
RG: Beedle, Jarvis
RT: Campbell, Arcuri
QB: Lewerke, Terry
RB: Scott, Holmes
FB: Lucas, N. Davis (also TE)
TE: Sokol, Dotson
WR: Davis, Chambers
WR: Stewart, Rison
Slot: Jackson, White

DE: Cooper, Bowers
DT: Williams, Jones
DT: M. Panasiuk, Owens
DE: Willekes, D. Alexander
LB: A. Dowell, Randle
MLB: Bachie, Bullough
LB: Frey, Simmons
CB: Scott, Butler
FS: Willis, D. Dowell
SS: Miller, Morrissey
CB: Layne, Harrell

rob f

June 3rd, 2017 at 11:04 AM ^

I would explore buying the needed extra tickets from those surrounding your normal seats. That's what we sometimes do when we need any extra seats. Offer well over face value and/or tickets to other games to the folks alongside, behind or in front of you, the bartering system could save you megabucks since you already have your own tickets at face value.


June 3rd, 2017 at 11:11 AM ^

That's a good idea.  I already have 2 season tickets so I'd only need 4 more... but my seats are actually right next to my parent's seats.  The bachelor party might not want to be sitting next to them... it just might "harsh the vibe" as I'm sure all the cool cats are still saying.


But, it's worth investigating anyway just to have the information/option.


June 3rd, 2017 at 11:21 AM ^

Part of investigating this idea will be asking them but... they almost certainly won't move simply because they won't want to not be with the group of friends we see 6-8 times/year every year for the last few decades.  Thus, I won't count on getting 2 more tickets that way.

rob f

June 3rd, 2017 at 11:19 AM ^

won't part with their tickets? How many do they have and would they be willing to give you theirs if you found other tickets for them? Keep in mind, you'll find a pair for them much cheaper per ticket than you'll pay for 6 together.

From my own past experiences (mostly but not all involving road game tickets on the secondary market), any time you need more than 4 together, good luck with the location, price, and general availability.


June 3rd, 2017 at 12:59 PM ^

This ticket will be way less closer to game time. MSU will probably have 2 losses already, and Michigan might have one. So this isn't going to be a huge matchup, and I wouldn't be surprised if tickets that would go to MSU fans on the open market are cheaper than in years past.


June 4th, 2017 at 1:32 AM ^

Buy student tickets the week before and get them validated. I just graduated, but both years I went to OSU games, the ticket prices plummeted (as low as $40) the week of The Game because people were going home for Thanksgiving. With a validation sticker, you're looking at roughly $100 a piece, everybody can sit together, and you can sit almost anywhere within the student section (if you're smart). All you have to do is find a student to look on Facebook groups for you.


June 5th, 2017 at 1:55 AM ^

Hi I am going to bring my daughter to watch her 1st football ever let alone its going to be at the BigHouse :) I would be intetested in buyimg your tickets if you would sell them to me so dont have worry with trying to dind some..I pay 125 each if ur interested jus email me [email protected] so much and goblue