The Best Deal in Football? Score Some Major College Tickets

Maybe the labor fight between the NFL's billionaire owners and millionaire players left a bad taste in your mouth. Maybe the league's average ticket price of $76 is just too much. But whatever the reason, you feel you deserve a deal on football. How about major college football? Your Sundays will be free and your wallet will want to say rah-rah!

Season tickets for some schools in the NCAA's top tier, the Football Championship Subdivision, cost the same as dinner for two at a coffee shop. The big-time college season starts Thursday (Sept. 1), so you'll get an extra week's jump on the pros, too.

Kent State
charges as little as $30 for an entire season of six home games, plus parking. To put that into perspective, the average New England Patriots fan pays $117.84 for one ticket to one game, according to Western Kentucky also charges a mere $30, followed by New Mexico State and Florida International at $44 and Eastern Michigan at $45, according to They are the recession-tackling darlings of the 120 FCS teams.

Granted, Kent State isn't exactly a gridiron juggernaut. Despite playing in the relatively weak Midwestern Athletic Conference, they've finished with 5 wins and 7 losses two seasons running. But the Golden Flashes still play at the same official level as college football's elite, and we're betting that they're a lot nicer than that naughty University of Miami.

"I don't think a lot of our season ticket holders realize how pricey other schools are," Kent State ticket manager Joe Carr told DailyFinance.

The northeastern Ohio university likes to point out that its in-state and conference rival, Akron, charges three times as much for season tickets, and Akron won just one game last year. Kent State's marketing often targets local street fairs to get the word out about its ticket value, Carr said. The strategy seems to be working: The school more than doubled its season-ticket base from 600 in 2009 to 1,350 in 2011.

"Our goal is to make affordable family prices, but on the same level, if we had a better record, I'm sure we could sell more tickets," Carr said.

At the other end of the gridiron spectrum, Ohio State receives a nation-high minimum $2,107 for season tickets (including donation), according to The Buckeyes were followed by Notre Dame ($1,740), Wisconsin ($1,294), Michigan ($925) and Auburn ($665).

However, a DailyFinance StubHub search revealed that you can get a single season of Ohio State tickets, without owning them in perpetuity, for $660. A single season of Notre Dame was available for $1,100.

What's Notre Dame done lately anyway? Go Kent State!

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Kent State is in the Mid American Conference, not the Midwestern Athletic Conference.

August 29 2011 at 7:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The money that you stupidly spend on watching men play children's games should be invested so that you can comfortably retire at 65 and I don't have to support you and yours .

August 27 2011 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Entertainment should be cheaper and tickets is too expensive because most of regular peoples works in here for $50.00 a day after taxes and other deductions, so after persoon need to pay all regular bills and living things he need to earn about $250 a day to follow all this Entartement stuff...In the and all Etntertainment shoul be payed much much lower for all this stuff and regular jobs should be payed much much more, because from job you have something for life and living things and from Entartemnet you have nothing which can help you to live day to day....and this is how this country works long time before where Entertainment payed much much lower and real jobs better...AMEN.....

August 26 2011 at 9:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply