Since 2013, Ohio State has used a variable ticket pricing system for home games. If you’re looking to get a seat to one of the biggest games of the season, you’ll have to pay more. But if you’re just looking to get in the door against a non-conference doormat, you won’t have to pay like you’re going to see Penn State.
According to Tom Knox at Columbus Business First, Ohio State’s Athletics Council has proposed a pricing schedule for the 2017 season:
- Sept. 9 – Oklahoma Sooners ($190)
- Sept. 16 – Army Black Knights ($70)
- Sept. 23 – UNLV Rebels ($65)
- Oct. 7 – Maryland Terrapins ($80)
- Oct. 28 – Penn State Nittany Lions ($140)
- Nov. 11 – Michigan State Spartans ($190)
- Nov. 18 – Illinois Fighting Illini ($80)
The Buckeyes open the 2017 season on the road against Indiana in a rare season-opening Big Ten game, and will also play road games against Rutgers, Nebraska, Iowa and Michigan.
Also from Knox:
Season tickets would cost $695, up from $614 this year, and student tickets are slated to cost $238, or $34 a game, the same as last year. Student ticket pricing will remain flat through at least 2020. Faculty and staff season tickets are scheduled to cost $652.
Some of the tweaks in the various pricing seem strange. Army and UNLV have both historically been terrible (and UNLV will probably be better next season), but the Rebels will be a slightly cheaper game. Penn State, the team that just upset Ohio State, may very well be a more competitive and emotionally charged game than Michigan State, but face value will be a good fifty bucks less.
Of course, many Buckeye fans will look to buy tickets on the secondary market, and an enterprising fan might be able to get into the UNLV or Army games for even less than face — or may expect to pay even more to see Penn State or Oklahoma.
What say you: Do you like the variable ticket pricing plan? Do you think it’s fair?