At this time last year, Kansas State and Arkansas fans without Cotton Bowl tickets had to be worried. The Cotton Bowl had been sold out for a long time, and the tickets being sold online were going for very high prices.
The cheapest ticket available on the secondary market was about $220. And that was for a bad seat.
Lower-level seats near midfield were going for three or four times that amount. I seem to remember suites going for more than $10,000.
Of course, that game was at Cowboys Stadium, where everything is bigger and more expensive. The game also featured a SEC team coming off an impressive season. All things considered, it was a hot ticket.
Demand is still high for seats at the Fiesta Bowl, but tickets are much more affordable. A quick search on Stubhub.com reveals tickets are going for $90 in the upper levels. And tickets in the lower bowl behind the end zones are going for about $150.
There are still expensive tickets, but that is the case for all games. Seats near the 50-yard line in the lower bowl are going for about $400 and club level seats near midfield are closer to $600.
Suites are outrageously priced, too, but I haven’t seen any hit five figures yet.
Tickets, across the board, are easier to buy this year. That’s good news for every fan hoping to go to the game.
The harder task for K-State fans this time around is getting to the game. The drive from Manhattan to Phoenix is a lot longer than from Manhattan to Dallas.
Next up on the countdown: A story about Tostito’s chips at the Fiesta Bowl.
Last time on the countdown: Oregon’s offense reminds K-State of Baylor.
Editor’s Note: On Jan. 3, the Kansas State football team will face Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. With that in mind, I am counting down to the big game at University of Phoenix Stadium by attempting to write 21 blog posts in 21 days. I use the word “attempting” because I can only think of so many blog ideas. I’m confident that I can go 21 for 21, but your help is appreciated. Feel free to send a blog idea (or two) my way at firstname.lastname@example.org or via twitter @KellisRobinett.