Cotton Bowl Countdown: Affordable tickets are hard to come by at the moment

Here’s guessing the Kansas State football fans who don’t already have tickets to the Cotton Bowl wish today’s ticket prices matched the one listed on this old Cotton Bowl ticket. Just $7.50!

Today’s prices (especially on the secondary market) are much, much higher. The face value of tickets to next month’s Cotton Bowl range from $125-$220 depending on the seat. But with K-State, Arkansas and the Cotton Bowl completely selling out their ticket allotments a few minutes after the matchup was announced, affordable tickets have been hard to come by.

A quick search of three popular ticket re-sale websites reveals you’re out of luck if you are looking to spend less than $200 for a ticket.

The cheapest ticket listed on StubHub is $220. Though that’s nothing compared to the most expensive ticket listed. Check this out: one of the Hall of Fame suits at Cowboys Stadium is going for $56,846. Must be one heck of a suite.

Over at the Cotton Bowl’s official ticket exchange, the cheapest ticket is going for $209. And you can’t find anything for less than $245 over at TicketCity.

K-State vs. Arkansas should be an entertaining game. On paper, it looks to be one of the best bowl games on the schedule. K-State students were so excited for the game that they stood in line for hours at Bramlage Coliseum to get their tickets last week. Some fans will surely wait until game day and buy a ticket from someone for less outside the stadium.

Others will buy seats from the websites mentioned above. To many, $220 is not an unreasonable price to pay for a ticket.

But I have heard from a few K-State fans who have decided to stay home and watch the game on TV unless ticket prices go down. I know one family of loyal K-Staters who were all-in on a trip to Arlington when they learned that’s where K-State was headed, but changed their minds when they figured out it would cost close $1,000 for four tickets.

Another friend has told me he is planning to go and enjoy the pregame pep rally, but watch the game at a Dallas sports bar instead of spending so much cash on a ticket.

Of course, I know many other people who have already purchased tickets and couldn’t be happier about spending early January in North Texas.

Such stories are common at every big postseason event. Finding tickets is never easy or cheap. Well, not since 1972 anyway.

Editor’s Note: In 25 days, the Kansas State football team will face Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl. With that in mind, I began counting down to the big game in Cowboys Stadium on Dec. 6 with 31 blog posts in 31 days. I use the word “attempting” because I can only think of so many blog ideas at the moment. I’m confident that I can go 31 for 31, but your help is appreciated. Feel free to send a blog idea (or two) my way at