The 2012 BCS National Championship game was surrounded in a bit of controversy, as some say the Bowl Championship Series snubbed the Oklahoma State Cowboys, but that hasn't stopped fans from buying tickets to the game featuring the LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide. Ticket prices haven't stopped fans from buying tickets, either, according to those in the know.
This year's BCS game could be the toughest sports ticket of all-time to find, actually, according to an interview the Times Daily did with ticket sellers in the region.
"This could be one of the toughest sports tickets of all time to get your hands on," said Clay Ingram, spokesman for Birmingham-based AAA-Alabama. "We have a package that includes a ticket to the game and three nights in the Hampton Inn downtown that started out $2,499 per person on Sunday and is already up to $2,999 per person because the price of tickets keeps going up."
Along with the tickets, lodging for the weekend is also in hot demand.
"We have 38,000 hotel rooms in the New Orleans metro area and most of them are already booked for the championship game," Kelly Schulz, vice president of communications for the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, said. "The whole city is going to be jammed for the game."
The cheapest tickets available on the open market as of Wednesday morning were selling for anywhere from $1,350 and rising to nearly $6,000, according to the website TiqIQ. The prices aren't expected to drop as the game gets closer, either, so those that are interested in seeing college football's national champion crowned in person might have to pay a pretty penny to do so.
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