Even Clemson University coach Dabo Swinney has struggled to secure additional tickets for his team’s game against Notre Dame on Saturday night.
Regardless of who may ask for them.
“I couldn’t get Jesus tickets,” Swinney said with a grin Tuesday morning.
Yet, that has not stopped those on this side of Heaven from inquiring.
“I’ve got people calling me that I haven’t talked to in 20 years,” Swinney said. “‘Hey, man, got some tickets? I really want to come up this weekend. Just need five.’”
Tickets are still available for the game at StubHub.com, the official secondary marketplace for Clemson athletics. However, even in the nosebleed sections atop the upper deck of Memorial Stadium, the five tickets Swinney’s prodigal phone buddies sought would cost more than $1,000.
Unlike many other college programs, Clemson does not cap prices for tickets sold through its StubHub partnership. State law permits reselling tickets above face value online. The open market has produced exorbitant hikes for Notre Dame’s visit to Death Valley.
According to another secondary ticket marketplace, SeatGeek.com, the average resale price for a Clemson-Notre Dame ticket, $320, is more expensive than any other Clemson home game through the past five years. It tops the previous high of $279 set in the 2013 season opener against Georgia.
As of noon Wednesday, 1,747 tickets were available on StubHub, ranging from $189 to $1,450 each. Those cheapest seats are in the section of the top deck furthest east from the 50-yard line on the Notre Dame sideline. Tickets in the same section for next week’s game against Atlantic Coast Conference rival Georgia Tech were listed at $82.
Face value for top deck tickets to the Notre Dame game is $85. Thus, the lowest StubHub markup for the top deck was 223 percent Wednesday. The highest was 489 percent for a pair of tickets in the adjacent section offered at $416 each.
Four seats on the lower level near the 50-yard line behind the Clemson sideline were offered at $1,200 each. Tickets in the same section for Georgia Tech were listed at $236 each.
According to SeatGeek, the Clemson-Notre Dame game will become the most expensive event held in South Carolina since 2010, topping performances from The Eagles and Jimmy Buffet.
“People have been talking about this for a long time,” Swinney said. “This is a tough ticket out there.”