2013 Orange Bowl: Ticket demand, prices on the decline

Doug Benc

Tickets for the Orange Bowl have declined in both demand and price since 2006.

Unlike Sun Life Stadium's marquee bowl, the BCS National Championship Game, the Orange Bowl is seeing the demand and prices of its tickets falling.

While the demand is close to an all-time low for this season's game, Orange Bowl tickets have been on the decline for years now. According to Will Flaherty, director of communications at SeatGeek, the proximity of teams to the host site and quality of opponents are the two determining factors for ticket demand.

The Orange Bowl hasn't had a sell out since 2006, when the Florida St. Seminoles and Penn St. Nittany Lions faced off. Since then, attendance has taken a dive and fell under 70,000 by 2009, with last year's contest officially having 10,000 empty seats.

While the Seminoles are in the Orange Bowl again this season, its their counterpart, the Northern Illinois Huskies, who are driving down sales. Northern Illinois comes from the lesser-known Mid American Conference and has a smaller traveling crowd.

If ticket prices are a barometer of interest in the game then, according to SeatGeek, there is only as much interest in the Orange Bowl as there is for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Meanwhile, the national title game is on the other end of the spectrum for ticket demand, with the average resale price of a ticket going for $1,890.

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