One day, one rivalry and less than 1,000 tickets left. The BYU vs. Utah game is around the corner, and fans are scrounging to buy the last of the tickets.
This is the first time the Cougars and Utes are meeting on the field in September, but for the fans it doesn’t matter when the game is. A rivalry is still a rivalry, and people are still making their way out to the game.
The BYU ticket office said, “Even though the game isn’t on Thanksgiving weekend this year, we still expect to sell out.” They said a September rivalry game isn’t affecting ticket sales compared to years past.
Tickets posted on Craigslist and StubHub are selling for as high as $350. And yes, there are still some prime time seats at the 50-yard line available online too — for only $428 each.
“I paid $100 for my ticket, and at the most would pay $250,” said Chase Hansen, a law student from Alpine. “But, if I could pay something other than money, I’d break up with my girlfriend to go to the game.”
Students say the BYU vs. Utah game is worth going to because it’s a good game every year, no matter what the teams’ records are.
“The history behind the two schools makes the game even more intense,” said Grant Scurr, a junior majoring in psychology.
The Daily Universe conducted an informal survey of 200 BYU students. They were asked, “What is the most you would pay for a ticket for this Saturday’s game?”
Eight percent of the students said they would rather watch it at home, 42 percent would pay up to $25, 40 percent would pay $26-$50, 5 percent would pay $51-$100 and 5 percent would pay more than $101.
Lucky fans can find tickets online for as low as $49 in nose-bleed seats, and the ticket office is now selling individual game tickets, up to eight tickets per purchase.
Fans are pulling out their best bargaining skills to win a golden ticket to the game for the best price they can find. Or, maybe you can find that one person with a blank check ready to buy your ticket.