I know that we're in one of the slowest parts of the off season right now and I haven't seen any talk or post of this on the boards this year, so I figured I'd throw this up there just in case it could be useful to at least a few fans!
Essentially, a relatively new platform (in its second year) called TeamTix has partnered with the official College Football Playoff to offer advance sale of face value game tickets specific to your favorite college football team.
The way it works:
- You pay a small, nonrefundable fee now (currently between $15 and $40 per ticket)
- This fee purchases you Team Tix. They are specific to Michigan. You can buy up to 6, with up to 4 guaranteed together.
- If Michigan were to make the College Football Playoff, you will automatically be charged face value prices after selection in December and the tickets are yours. (Fiesta Bowl face value price is $175, regardless of seat location. Peach Bowl has not yet been announced, but should be similar. The $175 is likely a much, much, MUCH better deal than you could get from Stubhub, especially for the lower level tickets).
- If Michigan does not make the College Football Playoff, nothing happens (but the fee you paid upfront is not refunded).
- In the meantime, before the markets close at the end of November/beginning of December, you can resell your tickets in the marketplace. So, theoretically, if it's getting towards November and Michigan is still undefeated, you could sell your TeamTix at a higher price than you paid for them.
Options to buy:
(Note: The two semifinals this year are the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia and the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona. The national championship is in Tampa Bay, Florida.)
Semifinal All Access (you would get tickets if Michigan makes the semis, regardless of location): Currently $30 per ticket for Lower Level End Zone Seats
Fiesta Bowl Only Access: $15 per ticket for Upper Level End Zone; $75 per ticket for club seats
Peach Bowl Only Access: $15 per ticket for Upper Level End Zone
National Championship Tickets: $30 per ticket for 300 level; $40 per ticket for 100 level Corner/End Zone
The way I see it...
These are a good deal if:
- You live within reasonable driving distance of either Phoenix, Atlanta or Tampa and would consider yourself having a very high chance of attending the game if Michigan comes to the bowl near you
- You're not a high level donor, current season ticket holder, or current student season ticket holder, but you still would very likely go to either the semifinal or final were we to make it.
- Michigan ends up making the College Football Playoff. (Obviously we all have no idea if we will or not, but if you're willing to bet we are and would like to attend, this could be a good option for you. Even if Michigan makes it but you don't go, you'd almost certainly make money on Stubhub, worst case scenario you'd break even.)
- You're only buying a pair (2) of tickets. Say you spend $30 for the right to purchase 2 Fiesta Bowl tickets; this is a fairly small amount of money for the potential large payoff if we actually make it. However, once you start buying 4, 5 or 6 tickets, the price of TeamTix shoots up.
- You buy in the summer or in the first half of the season.
These are a bad deal if:
- You have a high amount of donor points with the University, are a current student, are a regular current season ticket, or you or someone you're close with have connections to the higher ups at the U of M athletic department. (The reason for this: over 50% of tickets are split between the two participating schools, so tickets through U of M will almost certainly be the cheapest option. However, they will go fast and only be available to certain people, particularly the ones mentioned above).
- Michigan misses the College Football Playoff. (For obvious reasons)
- You buy in November (TeamTix prices will be likely much higher by then if we're still in it)
Obviously, this is not for everyone, but for certain people hopefully it's at least interesting! It's also interesting to see the price points for the different teams. Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Clemson, and Oklahoma all have more expensive tickets than Michigan up to this point.