Ticket prices for the national championship game skyrocketed after Georgia won the Rose Bowl

  • Georgia secured their spot in the national championship with their Rose Bowl win on Monday night, causing ticket prices to skyrocket to almost $3,000 each on some secondary markets.
  • The prices are likely being driven by Georgia fans, hoping to cheer on their team to their first national title since 1980 in Atlanta next week.
  • According to StubHub, 50% of tickets have been purchased by football fans in Georgia, compared to just 3.1% of sales going to Alabama.


Georgia defeated Oklahoma in a double-overtime thriller at the Rose Bowl on Monday night to punch their ticket to the national title game. But fans of the Bulldogs looking for tickets of their own to attend the game will be paying a premium to get into the arena on January 8.

With the game being held in the new Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Atlanta, Georgia will be playing for the championship in what is essentially a home game. With the Bulldogs chasing down their first title since 1980, ticket prices for the game are skyrocketing.

As ESPN's Darren Rovell noted, StubHub actually went offline for over a half hour on Monday night, and when the site was back up the cheapest ticket customers could find went for a whopping $2,480. Compare that to last year, when Rovell was writing in similar disbelief about tickets selling for an average price of $978 for those looking to get into Clemson and Alabama's championship rematch.

According to StubHub, the average price of a ticket to the national championship was $2,689 on Tuesday. Demand for this year's game was up 106% over last year, with 50% of the buyers being based in Georgia, and just 3.1% of buyers from Alabama.

At Vivid Seats, another secondary market for ticket-sellers, the price of tickets to the game spiked 37% after Georgia beat Oklahoma to secure their spot.

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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Mecole Hardman #4 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates by kissing the trophy after the Georgia Bulldogs beat the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Linebacker Lorenzo Carter #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates with a fan after winning the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual against the Oklahoma Sooners 54-48 at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Mecole Hardman #4 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates by holding up the trophy after the Georgia Bulldogs beat the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners and Mark Andrews #81 of the Oklahoma Sooners hug after the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Roquan Smith #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates after defeating the Oklahoma Sooners 54-48 in double overtime in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Sony Michel #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates after scoring the winning touchdown in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Linebacker Lorenzo Carter #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates with a fan after winning the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual against the Oklahoma Sooners 54-48 at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Sony Michel #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs scores the winning touchdown in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: A general view of the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Austin Seibert #43 of the Oklahoma Sooners attempts the field goal but is blocked by Lorenzo Carter #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Nick Chubb #27 of the Georgia Bulldogs and Isaiah Wynn #77 celebrate after Chubb scores a touchdown in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:The Georgia Bulldogs huddle in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates after Steven Parker #10 of the Oklahoma Sooners scores a 46 yard touchdown because of a fumble by Sony Michel #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks to avoid a sack by linebacker Roquan Smith #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs in the second half in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws a pass during the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates after the Bulldogs beat the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Mecole Hardman #4 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates by holding up the trophy after the Georgia Bulldogs beat the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Sony Michel #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after the Bulldogs beat the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
January 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates with offensive lineman Bobby Evans (71) his touchdown scored against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first half in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Aaron Davis (35) sacks Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) during the third quarter of the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Nick Chubb (27) runs the ball for a touchdown during the third quarter of the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Nick Chubb (27) runs the ball for a touchdown during the third quarter of the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
January 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners running back Rodney Anderson (24) celebrates his touchdown scored against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first half in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
January 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver CeeDee Lamb throws a pass to quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) for a touchdown against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first half in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm (11) passes the ball defended by Oklahoma Sooners defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (31) during the first quarter of the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Sony Michel (1) scores a touchdown against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
January 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Sony Michel (1) runs the ball against the Oklahoma Sooners during the first half in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
January 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; wide receiver Marquise Brown (5) celebrates his touchdown scored against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first half in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm (11) prepares for the snap during the first quarter of the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; General view of the flyover before the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Georgia Bulldogs at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass during the first quarter of the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners and Marquise Brown #5 of the Oklahoma Sooners hug after playing in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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The surge in pricing may seem obscene on the surface, but it's also not that hard to believe, as Georgia makes for something of a perfect storm when it comes to ticket sellers. First, since the game is being held in Atlanta, Bulldogs fans don't have to worry about getting to the stadium as they would have had to if the game was elsewhere — it's not exactly a home game, but it's just a 72 mile drive from their Athens stadium. Bulldogs fans can put money that they would have put towards flights and hotels into their tickets instead.

Further, Georgia is a storied program, but they haven't won a title since 1980, meaning fans aren't dealing with the any sort of fatigue that Bama or Clemson fans might have had when trying to rally for another expensive trip.

Georgia fans have been waiting for this opportunity, and it looks like they're willing to pay top dollar to make sure they don't miss it.

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