Michigan College Football Playoff Tickets (Via Team Tix)

Submitted by SpikeFan2016 on July 5th, 2016 at 7:12 PM

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.

Link: https://collegefootballplayoffsecure.teamtix.com/home?host=cfp&hasTriedSecure=true

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. 

Comments

drzoidburg

July 5th, 2016 at 7:22 PM ^

wtf, nonrefundable team tickets even if your team doesn't make it? This should be criminal even in a for profit model, let alone amateur athletics. Hell, *every* ticket should go to season ticket holders of the teams involved and *then* the market. Anyone else recall the 30k tickets Michigan got for 1997? Yeah

SpikeFan2016

July 5th, 2016 at 8:55 PM ^

Lol, depends on the circumstance.

Michigan's bowl tickets will certainly sell out before reaching non season ticket holders. Even all season ticket holders who want them might not be able to get them.  Stubhub's (for the semi-finals) will almost certainly be more expensive. 

Craigslist CFP tickets have a 99% chance of being fradulent.

And not everyone has friends in high places to just get tickets from. 

 

If you would for sure go to one of the semis (say you're living in either the GA-SC-TN-AL area or Arizona/Southern California) and you don't own season tickets, this could be a decent option. 

America

July 5th, 2016 at 7:32 PM ^

Last year, I believe the TeamTix were only available for the NC game. It ended up a terrible deal to buy them. Face value in the upper sections was $350 per ticket, but actual prices quickly dropped in secondary markets to under $200 many days before the game. The lower secions were similar, as you could easily find tickets under face value. TeamTix buyers had to pay Alabama's option price of approximately $135 per ticket ($485 total) for the upper section or Clemson's $250 ($600 total) option price for the upper section. 

That was for the teams who made the game obviously. Other team options were purchased for teams that never made it. 

SpikeFan2016

July 5th, 2016 at 7:47 PM ^

I think they're a much better deal for the semifinals. Not only are the prices cheaper, but it's easier to predict who gets into the semis (basically, who wins their conference) than what happens once conference champions are going head to head on neutral fields. 

bacon

July 5th, 2016 at 7:26 PM ^

It's amazing how many ways people can come up with to bet on things.  What are the odds that a team makes a given bowl?  Seems like the odds aren't all that good. Given how these things go, you're probably better off buying off stubhub.

SpikeFan2016

July 5th, 2016 at 7:35 PM ^

Honestly, really hard to say. 

 

I'd hope it would depend on who we'd be playing. Because playing Clemson, FSU or the SEC champion in Atlanta would be a huge disadvantage. Technically Atlanta is closer to Ann Arbor than Phoenix (that's the stated criteria), but I think Michigan would almost be better off in Arizona. 

The locations for the semi finals really do benefit the ACC, SEC and PAC 12. Big 12 and Big 10 would be at a potential disadvantage getting the location marginally closer to them. 

SpikeFan2016

July 5th, 2016 at 7:49 PM ^

Michigan would receive about 25-30% of the tickets. Snatching an extra 10-15% (which comes out to 7,500 or so tickets) away from SEC fans in Atlanta, the Chicago of the SEC, doesn't seem like a certainty. 

 

I agree, we'd still be represented, but I think that we have a much more national alumni base than any of the other contenders, so I think our West Coast people would give us a definite majority in Phoenix against any non-PAC 12 team. 

I'd hope that if we were to somehow end up at a #1 seed, they would informally let Lloyd Carr pick our site.

SpikeFan2016

July 5th, 2016 at 9:47 PM ^

Just checked. From the official website:

""When assigning teams to sites, the committee will place the top two seeds at the most advantageous sites, weighing criteria such as convenience of travel for its fans, home-crowd advantage or disadvantage and general familiarity with the host city and its stadium. Preference will go to the No. 1 seed."

 

So it's definitely not clear. I honestly think it would depend on who we play. If the #4 seed is the ACC or SEC champion, we'd likely be in Glendale. If the #4 seed is the PAC 12, Big 12 Champ, or Notre Dame we'd be in Atlanta. 

mill0911

July 5th, 2016 at 7:50 PM ^

They will get to keep all the non refundable deposits from 20-30 different teams fanbases who don't make it. Wow! Nobody should support this scam of a business model.

julesh

July 5th, 2016 at 7:55 PM ^

I'm pretty sure this is at least the fifth year. I first heard about it because my friend's brother got tickets to the ND/Bama NC game through them. 

Cmknepfl

July 5th, 2016 at 7:58 PM ^

Does the BIG title game work in a similar way? A few years ago I thought I remember looking into it and thought it was similar? Anyone know?

Maize in Cincy

July 5th, 2016 at 8:05 PM ^

Now that there is a playoff the national championship game is almost never going to be a super tough ticket to buy.  People don't have enough time to plan/get of work/etc because you don't know for sure if your team will make it.  Plus the game being on a Monday night or whatever it is doesn't help either.

 

This could be a pretty good value for the semifinal game though.

BlueInWisconsin

July 5th, 2016 at 9:12 PM ^

So two of the three games are in SEC country and the other is in the PAC 10 footprint. That sounds fair. The BIG screwed the pooch when the playoffs were established by not demanding games in their footprint. As long as the SEC never had to come north the system is rigged.

SpikeFan2016

July 5th, 2016 at 9:38 PM ^

Yet another glaringly horrible delaney blunder. 

 

And it's even worse when you look at all of the NY 6. 

The SEC/ACC will ALWAYS have a semifinal in their footprint (either New Orleans, Atlanta or Miami). 

PAC-12 will have a semifinal in their footprint 2 out of every 3 years (Pasadena, Phoenix). 

Even the Big 12 (!!!), which has the least amount of money/influence, gets the Cotton Bowl in Dallas every 3 years. 

 

We are literally the only ones who get nothing. 

Fuck Delaney. 

TruBluMich

July 6th, 2016 at 3:35 AM ^

Based on the amount of time you spent writing this post my guess is you bought tickets at $15 and are trying to raise the price of them for profit.  Great idea, although this whole concept is pretty pathetic, why not call it what it is.  College Football stock market.

SpikeFan2016

July 6th, 2016 at 10:36 AM ^

I have not yet lol, but I'm leaning towards it because I'll be living within driving distance of the Fiesta Bowl. 

 

I'm just generally pretty bored right now and have lots of time to expend on things. I just graduated in the spring, but my job doesn't start for another few weeks. Besides, we all prefer detailed posts, so I always strive to be thorough, especially because I don't make threads all that often. 

 

JCass

July 6th, 2016 at 9:10 AM ^

This model of playoff ticketing (especially for baseball where season ticket plans are often split into many pieces)  has existed for decades.

Yes there is a risk, but it is pretty explicit (and IF - BIG IF - Michigan made the playoff, ticket prices are going to go through the roof).

 

A2MIKE

July 6th, 2016 at 9:38 AM ^

CFP tickets for both games fell well below face value prior to the game and so did the NC Game, but not quite as much.  Remember, the teams that make it to the NC game will have played a Conference Championship game and semi-final game at neutral sites, meaning several fans won't be interested in traveling for a 2nd or 3rd time.  Ultimately this is why I think the semi-final games will eventually have to be played either at home team stadiums.  I think the ideal scenario is Conference Championships in first weekend of December, Semi-Finals approximately 2 weeks later and National Championship approximately 2 weeks after that.