Table Stakes: A USC 2011 (Ticket) Preview

Our friends at TiqIQ, the masters of ticket-related pricing data, have put together an informative chart detailing out projected average resale price for 2011 home games.

People who find themselves in the Venn diagram intersection of “Fans of Quality Football” and “People Who Like Deals” will want to look at the following games to find their sweet spot:

  1. 9/10 against Utah: Your chance at a decently-priced little slice of history, witnessing the very first game of what might actually grow into a decent Pac-12 rivalry. And if you’re like us, you’re not going to want any part of a Utah Weekender next year, so this is really your only chance to see our Pac-12 neighbors up close until 2013
  2. 10/1 against Arizona: Ok, in all likelihood they won’t quite be as good as they were the past few seasons, but still, as one of the cheaper home games, this is looking like one of the better values on the 2011 slate.
  3. 10/29 against Stanford: Easily the best opponent coming through the Coliseum this year, and a chance to see the most-storied Stanford QB this side of Elway. Sure, a win sans Harbaugh wouldn’t quite be as sweet, but the prospect of a little tree-chopping payback is still well worth the higher price of admission.

On the other end of the spectrum, there’s really only one game that feels like highway robbery: that’s right, it’s the game against L.A.’s junior varsity squad on 11/26. Rivalry be damned, the guys from Westwood are still filthier than this guy’s toenails. Unless you’ve spent the last half decade on some sort of vision quest in the Adirondacks–depriving you of the joys of watching the Trojans beating the holy hell out of Neuheisel’s team, who last I checked had Lingerie Football League teams beating them in scrimmages–I’d avoid splurging on a game that’s likely to resemble a game of Madden where one guy has a busted controller.

Full chart of home game cost projections below. Search for the best deals on 2011 tickets from T-Wire Tickets, presented in partnership w/ TiqIQ.

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Kyle Bunch

Partnerships for R/GA Ventures. Raised in California, adopted by Texas. Opinions expressed here are mine and they are fantastic.

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