Upgrading seats: resale consideration

Submitted by Rodriguesqe on May 15th, 2018 at 12:06 AM


I've been buying season tickets for the last few years, but being an out of stater I only can make it to a few games a year. I justify this by the fact that I am building points and could someday have cool seats.

Turns out, good seats are within my means tomorrow, but rather than donating $200 dollars a year (manadatory 78$ per seat) I'd have to give $1000 (500 per). I've been able to just about break even on the unused seats these past years, but would something closer to the fifty, albeit near the top, justify the ~x2 price compared to a corner (also near the top) as far as resale goes?

I kind of like my corner seats, but nothing says blue blood like a 50 yard seat at the big house.


Goggles Paisano

May 15th, 2018 at 5:31 AM ^

Depends on what you can afford.  My favorite seats ever were on the 45 yd line 4 rows from the top.  Great view of everything. IMO there are no nosebleed seats in the Big House.  


May 15th, 2018 at 6:26 AM ^

I had seats in Section 44 (row 86) and could rarely get face value (let alone recoup any of my PSD). Of course, I was rarely trying to sell seats to premium games and was never selling really early so ymmv.


May 15th, 2018 at 7:21 AM ^

Anyone know if I can add the extra seat next to mine this season and get rid of it in the future? Can I buy a third seat and go back to two at some point if I want?


May 16th, 2018 at 9:58 AM ^

This is my understanding:  You can always not buy a seat.  You can renew, but only renew 2 of your 3 for example.  You would need to be very careful and deliberate about how you paid your seat donation in that particular year.

In my experience, the ticket office is very helpful.  I would give them a call and ask.  Then you'll be sure.


May 15th, 2018 at 8:45 AM ^

I think it would be tough this season, but if you consider it as an investment for next year than you might be able to recoup the costs if you aren’t committed to going to MSU and OSU. If you want to go to the big games and sell the others then I’m doubtful that the increased cost will allow you to break even.

Note: it’s the internet and I therefore have no facts or data to back up my assertations. I do love me some good gut feel though!

Kilgore Trout

May 15th, 2018 at 9:32 AM ^

I have four in section 22 and have been able to sell two of them as a season package and do better than break even for the past two seasons. Haven't gotten any bites on stub hub yet this year, so it may be a tougher market. Game by game is going to be tough to recoup unless you are only selling the good ones. 


May 15th, 2018 at 9:35 AM ^

I live out of state as well and attend 1 -2 games a year and sell the other games. I have found corner seats to be the best option. Seat license is reasonable and easy for resale. I have always broken even or better the last 12 years. I thought about upgrading this season but didnt think I would recoup the cost. Good luck. Go Blue!


May 15th, 2018 at 11:29 AM ^

why do you think the corner is the best?  I've had corner seats forever, but I've considered upgrading into the next section over.  Do you think it's just easier to recoup the PSD when reselling because it isn't so high?  If that is the case, why not endzone where it is even cheaper?


May 15th, 2018 at 10:26 AM ^

I mean, if you have the money, make the move.

If you don't, then I think you will have a hard time recovering the money this year.

As stated below, you will make money next year though...




May 15th, 2018 at 11:35 AM ^

Upgrade your seats if you want a better view of the game.


A stadium with over 100,000 seats is never going to command top-dollar on the resale market so for every OSU (not this year), MSU (not this year) or Notre Dame (not this year) game you might make a few bucks on you've got an SMU (this year), Western MIchigan (this year) and Indiana (this year) where you absolute will take a beating if you want to sell them.

The catch 22 in ticket reselling is the games you really want to attend are also the ones everybody really wants to attend so the prices shoot way up and the games you want to sell tickets for are the same games nobody really wants to go to so the prices plummet.

Like the old saying goes "if you have to ask how much it costs you cant afford it" the same kinda holds true for season tickets.   If you've got the money I'd highly recommend upgrading cause it makes the gameday experience better but dont do it if you're thinking of it in terms of turning a profit cause that simply will not happen.



May 15th, 2018 at 11:24 AM ^

I had to make the same call.  I moved out of state a few years ago and have been StubHubbing my 4 seats since then.

I had seats in the corner, Row 38.  I had to decide how to upgrade this year--should I move into a higher PSD?   I decided to just move one section over one Section towards the 50 (still considered corner) & up a few rows and stay in the same PSD.  Last year I made somewhere between $600-800 even after StubHub fees because I was able to sell MSU and OSU for so much above face value, but this year I figure it will be a struggle to break even.  But as long as the team is good, the schedule next year should allow for another killing.

For years I just sold the tickets to someone for face value but once the schedule got unbalanced, people started buying them for the good season and then bailing on me the next, and I got tired of that really quick. 


May 15th, 2018 at 11:45 AM ^

Last season I finally crossed that point threshold and we got seats in section 1. I really like the majority of people we sit around. Engaged fans - many of whom work at the University and know some of the players personally. Very enthusiastic. Of course the guy right in front of us who has to celebrate every first down (literally) by jumping out of his seat is obnoxious and the Ohio family who are SO TOTALLY pessimistic about the team/game/state of program yet drive up every week from Cleveland (MGrowOld? Is it you?) are not ideal but they are the minority. So for the games you do attend you might enjoy the atmosphere more in the prime section.


May 15th, 2018 at 2:22 PM ^

Hopefully I'm wrong, but it sounds like your upgrade "window" is coming, not that you're going to have available prime seats to choose from.  My window was last week and nothing was open (maybe a couple of very high up single seats) near the 50.  



May 15th, 2018 at 3:40 PM ^

Sideline tickets will give you your best return if you have a decent row. If you are up in the 70s and above, people tend to not pay the premium price. Ive found almost no difference in corner prices compared with end zone. In those sections its all about the row. The lower the row the more someone will pay. Many of us know that games at the Big House are best observed mid level. However, the majority of the paying public does not have this believe. For resale, I would take a very low row in the end zone over a very high row on the sideline.


May 15th, 2018 at 6:28 PM ^

Thanks for the help, yall. 

I chose the middle route and the maize section. 370 psd per vs 500, and only a few seats over. Closer to the 20 than the 35, but still an upgrade from my corner seats.

I really liked the interface they had for upgrades. Giant step up from old system.