With word of the Georgia Bulldogs heading to the Rose Bowl to face the Oklahoma Sooners in the College Football Playoff Semifinal on New Year's Day, comes the inevitable question of tickets.
Every aspect of the Rose Bowl Game is closely controlled by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, the actual organizer of the game, which, historically, is the oldest of all the collegiate bowl games -- hence its nickname as "Granddaddy of Them All."
Each school has an allotment of between 22,000 and 28,000 tickets, which are made available to students, the alumni associations of each school, and others within the university community. An additional 8,500 tickets go to officials with the SEC and Big XII conferences.
While this sounds like a pretty large number, keep in mind, this includes everyone associated with each school. Everyone associated with the school must have a ticket to enter the stadium in Pasadena. This includes every band member, every cheerleader -- literally, everyone will have to purchase a ticket.
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11Alive's Christie Ethridge learned on Monday that student tickets are being made available for $75 each. A limited number of tickets are available through the alumni association at $175 each. Those are all expected to sell out within days.
Even though the game is in California, that won't keep the Georgia faithful away from Pasadena.
"Distance will never stop some fans," said Georgia student Mary-Margaret Rogers in Athens on Monday. "It doesn't matter how far away. They could be on another continent and Georgia fans would still be going there."
The Georgia Bulldog Club and the UGA Alumni Association have a limited number of two-three-and-four-day package deals available. Those deals are all-inclusive packages that include travel, accommodations and reserved grandstand tickets to the Tournament of Roses Parade -- however, those packages do not automatically include game tickets, which need to be purchased separately.
A certain number of tickets were made available to Pasadena residents to purchase, and a limited number of tickets will be made available to the general public through Ticketmaster beginning at noon (Eastern Time) on Tuesday. Ticket prices through Ticketmaster will be $185, plus handling fees.PrimeSport is the official after-market ticket exchange vendor for Rose Bowl Game tickets. As of Monday afternoon, PrimeSport had Rose Bowl tickets available beginning at $190 per seat for end zone tickets, up to as high as more than $46,000 for a 30-person suite -- catering not included.
Southwest Airlines says they have not added any additional flights to Los Angeles or Burbank in advance of the big game as of this point, but the carrier says they are keeping a close watch on things and may make adjustments as the date grows closer.
The parking lots outside the Rose Bowl Stadium open at 4 a.m. Pacific Time on New Year's Day, giving plenty of time for the Bulldog Nation to tailgate ahead of the scheduled 2 p.m. Pacific Time kickoff.
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