Ticket prices for SEC title game reach record high

Georgia fans celebrate a 45-0 victory over Georgia Tech to remain undefeated at 12-0 on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, in Atlanta.   (Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com)`

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Georgia fans celebrate a 45-0 victory over Georgia Tech to remain undefeated at 12-0 on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com)`

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Fans seeking tickets on the secondary market for Saturday’s SEC Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium may experience sticker shock. Prices are by far the highest on record for the annual event, according to data from ticket marketplace TickPick.

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The company said the average purchase price for resale tickets to the Georgia-Alabama game has been $850 -- 274% higher than this season’s next-priciest conference championship game, the Big Ten matchup of Michigan vs. Iowa at an average resale price of $227.

The previous most expensive SEC Championship game on the secondary market was the 2019 Georgia-LSU matchup at an average price of $372, according to TickPick.

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As of Tuesday, TickPick said the most expensive purchase made through its marketplace for Saturday’s Georgia-Alabama game had been $2,149 apiece for two lower-level (seventh row) 40-yard-line club seats, while the lowest current prices were $377 for an upper-deck seat and $780 for a lower-bowl seat.

Prices can fluctuate frequently on the secondary market and are far higher than the SEC’s face-value prices for the tickets, which ranged from $150 to $305 but are sold out.

Ticket marketplace Vivid Seats reports that its “fan forecast” algorithm projects Georgia will have 68% of the fans in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, compared with 32% for Alabama.

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