Tickets to the first ever college football title decided by a playoff system are going to come at a price. A pretty hefty price to be blunt.
The cheapest premium seat through ticket and hospitality companies PrimeSports and Colonnade Group is going to run you $1,899, according to a piece today by ESPN. That seat is located in the top corner of "Jerry's World" and includes a three-hour pregame hospitality event, a full premium menu and top shelf bar, and a $50 merchandise voucher.
For those with deeper pockets looking for something a little more extravagant, the most expensive ticket will run them just under $4,000 and includes a seat in a suite between the 20-yard lines with a hospitality pass, food and bar access and post game field access to partake in the celebration. Additional options include a premium hotel package that would up the price into the $5,000 range.
If you really wanted to get fancy you could get yourself an entire suite with room for between 15-59 people with the price starting at $4,000 a head.
If you'd rather try your luck, organizers announced last week that 1,000 tickets to the championship game will be made available by random drawing to fans willing to submit their names.
Keep in mind that the big price tags are attached to "premium seating". Tickets to the Florida State vs. Auburn title game this past season were among the cheapest that a BCS title game had ever seen. The asking price for tickets spanned from $249.99 in the upper end zone bleacher seats to $2,500 for club level seating. The average price of a ticket sold on StubHub was around $799, according to research from AL.com.
That same article pointed out that the most expensive title game of the past few years was the Auburn vs. Oregon title game in 2011 where the average price for tickets was listed at over $5,000, with most people paying just over half that at the time they ended up getting into the game ($2,750).
No one will be complaining of the new playoff system not making enough money come this time next year. If you want to go, now would be the time to start pinching pennies.