Tickets to the College Football Playoff national championship battle between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers remained historically cheap on Monday with just hours to go until kickoff – and thousands of seats were still available.
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Seats to the game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, could be purchased for as little as $177 as of Monday morning, according to TicketIQ, a secondary market reseller. That price is actually up 40 percent from last week’s low point of $126, but still ranked as the cheapest national title game TicketIQ has tracked this decade.
With Alabama and Clemson set to meet in the final for the third time in four years, matchup fatigue is a major factor in the historically cheap price trends, according to TicketIQ founder Jesse Lawrence. Fans of both teams will also find it difficult to travel to the game, which will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California – more than 2,000 miles from both teams’ campuses on the East Coast.
"It's sort of a perfect storm of factors at play this year," Lawrence told the Associated Press last week. "It's a big ask for fans to come and that's why we're seeing the prices the way they are."
More than 4,000 tickets were still available for purchase on the secondary market as of Monday. College Football Playoff final tickets are available for well below their face value of $475.
By comparison, last year’s rivalry clash between Alabama and the Georgia Bulldogs had a “get-in” price of more than $1,700.
The Crimson Tide will face the Tigers on Monday at 8 p.m. ET.
This story has been updated.