Nov 9, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) celebrates after a touchdown against the LSU Tigers during the fourth quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama defeated LSU 38-17. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Despite Downward Trend, Iron Bowl Tickets Priced Like SEC Championship Tickets

The last game of the regular season is also the most important for the two-time defending National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide. This Saturday, they travel to Auburn to play the always-exciting Iron Bowl and with the #1 and #4 ranked teams in the country squaring off a lot more is on the line besides in-state bragging rights.

With so much riding on this game, the secondary ticket market is treating this more like it’s the SEC title game than the championship game itself. Despite being down 30% in the last week, Iron Bowl tickets are currently averaging $473 per seat, only $14 less than the average price for SEC Championship tickets.  A season ago the SEC Championship averaged $602 per ticket but trended down 5% in the week leading up to the game, coincidentally the same thing has happened this year as tickets are down 5% yet again and are now averaging $487 per ticket.  With the potential of the Missouri Tigers playing in the game, we’re not surprised by the decline in price, as their fans will have to travel very far to attend the game in the Georgia Dome. In the past we’ve seen this have the same negative effect on ticket prices. With tickets likely to continue to drop over the next week, we are expecting SEC Championship ticket prices will actually end up with a lower average price than this Saturday’s Iron Bowl.

Alabama has been the best team in the country thee years and are looking to make their third national championship game in a row. On the other hand, under new head coach Gus Malzahn the Tigers have had resurgence and once again have one of the best teams in the country. Auburn has made a complete turnaround, rebounding from their disappointing 3-9 season in 2012 that also saw them go winless in SEC play.

With two top-five teams squaring off—only the 2nd time in Iron Bowl history where this has happened–this year’s Iron Bowl means more than it ever has. Not only is a trip to the SEC Championship game on the line, but the winner of this game may also be headed to the BCS National Championship game. For Alabama, all it would take is a win over the Missouri Tigers in the championship game to punch their BCS National Championship tickets. For Auburn, a lot more would have to fall into place, but they could potentially jump #2 Florida State and #3 Ohio State in the BCS rankings with a wins over Bama and Missouri in back-to-back weeks.

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