2018 College Football Playoff Tickets | How to Get Cheap Tickets

The 2018 College Football Playoff Championship is rapidly approaching, and there are still plenty of teams with huge fanbases that travel well and should make this ticket a tough one to come by.  This year’s championship game will be held in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA (home of the Atlanta Falcons) that will surely be a packed house full of rabid college football fans.

Fans can expect tickets for this year’s College Football Playoffs to be in huge demand due to the massive popularity of the sport itself and fanbases of teams at the forefront of the national title chase who are known to travel well and willing to spend up to catch their team in person during their pursuit of a national championship.  These teams will represent two fan bases for which their will be huge demand and high prices for tickets to catch the games in person, which prompts the question: how can you get the cheapest College Football Playoff National Championship Game tickets?

When Is the Time to Buy College Football Playoff Championship Game Tickets?

The CFP Championship is one of the biggest events in sports every single year, and is more important to many football fans than the Super Bowl itself.  We at TickPick field numerous calls and emails from fans interested in securing tickets to this game, and we’ve essentially handled it as we would for the Super Bowl given the extreme value and high demand for these tickets that only increases as the matchups shake out.

What we’d tell an interested buyer is that prices will likely only spike as more teams are eliminated and fans can be assured that their team is at least in the semifinals and one game away from the championship with a week to think on it.  If you’re comfortable with prices where they’re at, we’d suggest buying now rather than risking the prices continuing to go up as the teams are set.  If worse comes to worst, you could always sell your tickets if plans change or your team isn’t in it.

With the College Football Playoff Rankings being released every Tuesday night until the final rankings are announced on December 3rd, it gives fans an idea of where their team stands at the beginning of that week and brings them one week closer to the playoffs that begin with the two semifinal games – held at the Rose Bowl and Mercedes-Benz Superdome that occur on New Year’s Day.

Take a look at the graphic below from Wednesday, November 15th, which illustrates the current College Football Playoff Rankings to see how your team stacks up.

cfp rankings

Why Don’t Ticket Listings on Secondary Marketplaces Show The Exact Section and Rows?

For major events that don’t have tickets allotted until the week of so before the event, many tickets sold on secondary marketplaces are speculative listings (or spec. listings, for short).  What this means is that large ticket brokers are guaranteeing that they will be able to fulfill a buyer’s order for tickets in certain “zones” of the venue.  One zone marked as “Lower Corner” for example, will provide tickets in one of the four lower corner zones of the venue.  And why should you trust that you’re absolutely going to receive tickets in these designated zones?


The answer is quite simple: with marketplaces such as TickPick, brokers are held to a BuyerTrust Guarantee that ensures all confirmed orders by the sellers will be fulfilled with the tickets they’ve agreed to sell or else they’re liable for charges of up to 200% of their sale in order for the marketplace to provide equal or better replacements than what were ordered (if agreed to by the buyer).  With the extremely high value of these tickets for the CFP Semifinals and Championship games, there is quite a bit of money at stake for the sellers, so they’re only guaranteeing and ensuring fulfillment of orders that they’re absolutely positive that they can fulfill.  Keep in mind that only large, reputable and licensed ticket brokers are allowed to list their tickets this way, as they have established themselves as trustworthy sellers that fulfill all of their orders.

How To Get Cheap College Football Playoff Tickets

While these tickets are in extremely high demand each and every year regardless of how big or small the participating schools are, there are a few ways that interested buyers can try to obtain tickets at or around face value before they hit the secondary market and ticket prices soar.  The following ways are the best opportunities that we’ve found for fans interested in securing tickets early on.

  1. Ticket Reservations – One way fans can try to acquire tickets around face value is through the College Football Playoff’s official website that has instilled an RSVP platform that allows fans to purchase a “reservation” for tickets to the CFP National Championship Game for the team of their choice.  The cost of a reservation is dependent on market value, so a team like Alabama for example – who finish near the top of the rankings each and every year and have been the only three-time participant in the College Football Playoffs since they were instituted in 2014 – would command the highest reservation price because fans are extremely confident that they’ll be there in the end – and with good reason.  If a fan pays for a reservation and their team makes the playoffs, they have the right to buy a face value ticket to the game, which in the end amounts to a great deal of savings that initially came with some risk.  If you fear your team will NOT make the big game, you have the right to sell your reservation spot at whatever price you see fit at any time, but keep in mind that if you’re looking to get rid of it for factors like your team’s chances having taken a big hit, others may not be willing to pay as much.  If your team doesn’t make the final game, you’re out the money that you paid for the reservation either way.
  2. Playoff Premium – While the mere connotation of “premium” suggests otherwise, purchasing tickets through the premium package offered by the CFP official website can still be an ultimately economical route.  As the final CFP rankings that will be announced on December 3rd draw closer, fans of those teams will start to pull the trigger and pay the price for these premium packages that include a ticket to the National Championship Game and amenities like pregame and in-game hospitality packages, souvenirs, and postgame photo ops, among others.
  3. Participating Teams – Half of all tickets for the CFP National Championship Game are allocated to the two universities, with the tickets sold directly through the institutions themselves.  Unless you have a major connection at the school or know somebody in the higher-ups of the ticketing offices for the school, your opportunity to secure a ticket to the game will be extremely difficult.
  4. Bidding – Another opportunity to secure cheaper tickets for the College Football Playoff National Championship would be to utilize TickPick’s bidding platform, which allows a user to bid on tickets in certain sections or seat ratings at their price.  If a seller with tickets for the game elects to accept the bid, the bidder’s card is charged and the order processes like any other transaction at the bidder’s price.  For more information on how to take advantage of the bidding option, view our bidding tutorial .

If you weren’t able to secure tickets through any presales, general sales, or the aforementioned methods for the College Football Playoffs, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Tickets can still be purchased from secondary marketplaces, although the prices will not be at face value. With the huge fanbases of the the many teams still vying for a birth in the CFP, market prices are anticipated to be on the higher side, but that doesn’t mean that good deals can’t be had – if you know where to look.

With high prices come high service fees with many marketplaces, but not TickPick. Here at TickPick we have no service fees, making us your source for the Cheapest College Football Championship on the secondary market.  Given the high face values and extreme resale value of this annual event, prices can get out of hand quickly when you factor in the fees that every other marketplace aside from TickPick will charge you on top of the listed price.

If you have not used TickPick before, you can sign up with the link below for $10 off your first purchase. If you have any questions regarding College Football Playoffs tickets, feel free to call us at 845-538-4567 or contact us by email at [email protected]

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