Blue and Gold Illustrated

Nov. 23, 2015 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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UPON FURTHER REVIEW TODD D. BURLAGE F or a team that hasn't won a big- time bowl game in more than 20 years, or claimed a national championship in almost 30 years, and has lost about a third of its home games during the last eight seasons, nothing can ever scratch the paint or dent the bumper of the Notre Dame football program. Proof is in the lure and loot when Notre Dame Nation invades Boston Nov. 21 for its annual Shamrock Series game, against Boston College, at leg- endary Fenway Park. Looking for a bleacher seat to the game? According to secondary ticket broker, a pair of 'em will cost about $7,000. How about a seat atop the Green Monster in left field? For $5,400, Fe- dEx will deliver a pair by tomorrow night. Based on a price analysis from ticket broker — a website where ticket holders can resell their seats at a tidy profit — the secondary (resale) value of 2015 Notre Dame football tickets is the highest of any college program. And this weekend's game sets the Blue and Gold standard. With an average resale asking price of $920 per seat, Saturday's Holy War renewal between ND and BC is eas- ily the single-most expensive game in all of college football for any team so far this season, commanding a re- sale markup of more than 400 percent above the $225 face-value price Notre Dame charged for a sideline view seat. Recognizing the supply and de- mand opportunity of having Notre Dame play a "home" game in their own backyard, officials at Boston Col- lege aggressively went after a piece of the profits pie, charging $400 apiece for each of their 5,000 allotted tickets. But don't let the meaty sticker price scare you off — that's nothing. In an effort to capitalize on having ND Ticket Demand Paces College Football The average resale asking price for a ticket to the Notre Dame-Boston College game was $920 per seat a week before the contest, making it the most expensive college football game so far this season and reaffirming to athletics director Jack Swarbrick that the Shamrock Series has been a resounding success. PHOTO BY BILL PANZICA

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