The Ohio State Buckeyes and Clemson Tigers will square off in the college football playoff semifinals on Dec. 31. This game, which is formally recognized as the Fiesta Bowl, will occur in Glendale, Ariz. at University of Phoenix Stadium. The winner advances to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
Despite the high stakes, ticket demand for this game is lower than last year's Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, which pitted Ohio State against Notre Dame in a non-playoff game, as well as this year's non-playoff Rose and Orange Bowls.
The cheapest tickets to this year's Fiesta Bowl start at $61 on TicketIQ, and have an average asking price of $207. The Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl have average prices of $526 and $336, respectively.
In addition, the other semifinal between Alabama and Washington, the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, has an average price of $402 and a get-in of $187.
Given the geographic location of Columbus, Ohio and Clemson, S.C., fans may be scared off by travel costs during the holiday season. But also, they may be saving their money for the National Championship Game, which takes place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., a much easier commute to both schools.
Regardless, fans from the winning team will face a different ticket market for the Championship Game. The get-in price is $601, with an average price of $1,926.
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