In the United States, the sport of football has grown into the most popular sport overtaking, in most people’s eyes, baseball as ‘America’s Favorite Pastime’. On game day, millions of fans head to stadiums across the country and create an event unlike any other sport.
The college football regular season and postseason has become a huge money maker for the NCAA, the schools and also the ticketing industry. Division I schools from the major conferences typically sell-out stadiums for all their home games, with attendance figures typically over 100,000. When these schools qualify for the postseason, including a possible national championship game, demand for tickets skyrockets and prices on the secondary market often follow suit.
The NFL is similar as fans come out in huge numbers to follow their hometown teams. While the regular season is huge, the NFL Playoffs bring everything to a new level. As each round passes, demand and ticket prices increase until it culminates at the championship game, the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is the biggest event in sports with billions of fans watching the game on television. Ticket prices for the Super Bowl will often rival the most expensive tickets for any event during that calendar year.
Mobile-only ticketing was blamed for another catastrophic failure in fan experience last weekend, as thousands of Pittsburgh Steelers fans waited in huge lines outside of Heinz Field for the team’s home opener. Pittsburgh, like most every other team in the NFL and beyond this year, effectively stripped fans of... Read more
More than 700 Buffalo Bills fans took advantage of a limited window the team allowed to cancel their season tickets, forfeiting their rights to the seats for good after team and local officials decided to require all attending games to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the middle of... Read more
TicketSmarter, the Big Ten Conference and Big Ten Network announced Thursday that TicketSmarter has been named the official secondary ticket resale marketplace partner of the conference and its championship events. The news adds another major conference to the portfolio of partnerships that TicketSmarter has locked down, making for an... Read more
Fans were back at the famed Horseshoe on Saturday for a marquee tilt between the host Ohio State Buckeyes and visiting Oregon Ducks, but many didn’t even make it in by the time the game started – casualities of a chaotic rollout on the first day of the new... Read more
While there were fans in the stands when Tampa Bay captured the Lombardi trophy to close out the 2020 season, it was nothing compared to the crowd that made its way into Raymond James Stadium last night to officially welcome the 2021 season. More than 65,000 were on hand... Read more
Dr. Anthony Fauci sounded the alarm over images of packed stadiums seen in recent days with the return of college football, as many of those stadiums had no requirements for vaccination or mask-wearing for those making their way inside. The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious... Read more
Nebraska football saw its sellout streak kept alive this week – but only barely. Two “major donors” swooped in at the last minute and bought up all remaining tickets before Saturday’s game against Fordham, keeping alive the sellout streak dating back to 1962. Tickets purchased by the donors were... Read more
Ed Sheeran will help the NFL launch its 2021 season, performing on September 9 in Tampa as part of the 2021 Kickoff Experience. The singer-songwriter will play at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa prior to the season-opening game between the Dallas Cowboys and defending champion Tampa Bay... Read more
Widespread pushback among its fan base led Nebraska to chance its mind regarding mobile-only ticketing, at least for the upcoming fall football season. Athletic Director Trev Alberts announced the decision via Twitter last week, bowing to fan demands that their right to receive a paper ticket and parking pass... Read more
With COVID-19 case rates causing concern, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell remained confident that stadiums would be full across the league this fall in an interview with NFL Network that aired over the weekend. “This year, we’re comfortable that local regulations are going to allow us to have fans at... Read more