2018 College Football Championship Tickets | How to Get The Cheapest Tickets

The 2018 College Football Playoff Championship game is coming up on Monday, and the matchup is now set that will pit the UGA Bulldogs versus the Alabama Crimson Tide.  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 ‘Dawgs and Crimson Tide fans.  If you’re looking to secure a seat, be sure to check out our detailed CFP Championship seating chart here!

Fans can expect tickets for this year’s College Football Playoffs to be in huge demand due to the location of the game being so close to both of the schools and their fanbases.

These two SEC teams remaining have insanely passionate fanbases 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?

What Teams Are In The College Football Playoff National Championship?

The Georgia Bulldogs are making their first-ever CFP appearance, and given that plus the fact that they have the longest championship drought of any of the playoff teams remaining (they last won a national championship in 1980) AND that the championship game is played in their home state, there is a ton of hype and interest from the Georgia fanbase going after tickets to see their team play in this game.  Prices for the championship game have already started to go up since the team secured their spot on New Year’s Day.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are making their fourth consecutive playoff appearance (the only program to make it all four years), spoiling their fanbase that expects to be there every year at this point, with obvious good reason.  With that being said, their fanbase is among the most diehard in all of college football and travels well, so the Tide fans will certainly be showing out in full force for the title game, especially with the game being not too far from their home.

When Should I Look to Purchase Tickets for the CFP National Championship Game?

While each year brings about a different scenario as far as pricing as the game draws closer goes – factoring in things like the teams involved, proximity of the fanbases from the venue in which the game will be held, size of the schools playing, etc – we have embedded a chart below that shows the way the markets have shaped up as the game draws near over the past few years since the CFP Playoffs were instituted.  While prices have dipped in recent years, this year’s prices should hold strong as the game draws closer.  The fact that Georgia is playing in its first CFP and for its first national title since 1980 AND the game is in their home state cannot be ignored.

It may be a while before a team plays this close to home for a national title, and for that reason, it may be better to look to secure your tickets sooner rather than later as the inventory dwindles and get-in prices may continue to increase.  We would advise potential buyers to treat this like any other major event with high-priced tickets: if you’re comfortable with where prices are at now, you may be better off just securing your tickets now rather than hoping to save a few hundred bucks when it may end up costing you if the market continues to hold and/or increase (which we think it will, as we can see Georgia fans are closely monitoring inventory and pulling the trigger to make the short trip to Atlanta left and right).


While when this blog was originally updated the day after the game’s matchup was set (Tuesday 1/2), and it was advised that those interested in securing tickets to the game do so sooner rather than later, as the inventory seemed fairly set at what it was, within a few days, many fans who had their tickets released to them from the ‘Bama side listed their tickets for sale, adding some inventory to what was at the time a depleted market.  Now, prices have come down a bit in the last few days, but the same credence among those in the market for tickets is that the demand is still sky-high, and with inventory once again dwindling as the game gets closer, prices may spike in the days before the game.  We would still say the same as what was originally advised above: if you can afford the tickets at what they’re at right now, pulling the trigger sooner rather than later could end up saving you money, as well as providing the peace of mind in securing your tickets to the game.


Seating Chart for the CFP Championship

If you’re looking to get an idea of what the detailed seating chart looks like for the championship game that will take place in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, refer to our CFP Seating Chart blog or check out our interactive seating chart below!

Where are the Georgia and Alabama team Benches and fan seating for the College Football National Championship?

The Sugar Bowl Champion’s (Alabama) bench will be located in front of sections C126 through C130.  The Rose Bowl Champion’s (Georgia) bench will be on the opposite side in front of C108 through C112.

The CFP Championship Game has split up Mercedes-Benz Stadium for fan seating.  The confirmed sections allocated to UGA fans will be in sections 111-121 in the lower level, then 214-221 moving up, and in the upper levels, sections 303-322.  We haven’t yet received confirmation from Alabama’s side if that will be mirrored on the other side of the field, but it’s more than likely the case.  We would advise that any Georgia fans look to sit on the side of the stadium where the team bench will be, and the other side for ‘Bama fans, lest you want to be in a sea of the opposing team’s fans.

How To Get the Cheapest College Football Playoff Tickets

At this time, it’s beyond the point of being able to secure tickets through the CFP site itself or the teams, and fans of these two teams looking to catch the title game in person have to turn their attention to secondary marketplaces like TickPick to secure tickets.  Now, with this being the biggest game of the year and Georgia playing in its home state, prices will not come cheap; however, if you’re looking for the absolute cheapest tickets for the College Football Playoff Championship, you’ll want to do your research on sites like ours before securing your tickets.

Bidding – One opportuinity 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.

Why Should I Buy Tickets for the CFP Championship Through TickPick?

In short, securing your tickets through TickPick is the way to save money because of our no fee pricing structure that makes a much bigger difference on the total price of tickets as prices for an event like this get higher.  TickPick has had an extreme increase in sales for major events like the Super Bowl in recent years because fans out there tend to do plenty of research when they’re willing to commit thousands of dollars per ticket.  When a fan is looking to purchase a ticket that is listed on both StubHub and TickPick, for example, the price will ultimately be higher (usually by hundreds of dollars) once the fees are applied on other sites like StubHub who tack on the fees at the end.  Refer to an example below for premium lower level seats in section 127 for the game that are listed on both TickPick and StubHub.

StubHub’s Listed Price (as of 1/2)

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Notice the difference with the above graphic’s initial listed price with what you’ll actually pay on StubHub for these great seats to the game.  Initially, these tickets were showing at $4200 per ticket.  Great deal, right?  You would think so, until you go to checkout on the order.

StubHub’s Price at Checkout (as of 1/2)


Now, compare the StubHub prices above with that of the prices on TickPick below (which is unchanged from the listed price all the way through checkout) with that of the graphic above for the exact same tickets on StubHub.

TickPick’s Listed Price/Price at Checkout (as of 1/2)



The price jumps from initially showing at $4,200 per ticket (presumably $8,400 for a pair) on StubHub to $10,212 for the pair, or an increase of $1,812 that is just accounting for fees that other ticket sites like StubHub are charging the buyer.  That amounts to a difference of $366 that you’d save by purchasing the EXACT SAME tickets at $9,846 total on TickPick over StubHub.  This savings only extrapolates as the prices per ticket increase.  Do the research before making your decision in order to save big.

When Will I Receive My Tickets for the College Football Playoff National Championship Game?

With major events like this, tickets often times aren’t allocated by the teams until the week of the event.  The reason for that is that the matchups aren’t predetermined, so once they become apparent (in this case, on New Year’s Day, a mere seven days prior to the title game) the schools are allocated tickets by the venue and NCAA that go to donors, alumni, current students, etc.  These tickets may very well hit the resale market well ahead of when they’re actually received by the brokers who are able to list them for sale.

Given that the event takes place at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the vast majority of tickets are mobile entry only for events like Atlanta Falcons games, most buyer should expect to receive their tickets electronically as mobile QR codes that have been implemented by many venues around the country to severely reduce the risk of fraud.  Please keep in mind that mobile tickets may not be available until 24-48 hours prior to game time, but as soon as the seller is granted access to them from the venue, they will then take the time to manually transfer them to the buyer’s account to be claimed on their mobile phones.

Those who receive hard tickets from the venue receive ones with a similar printing stock that ones for the Super Bowl are printed on so as to avoid the ability to be replicated or counterfeited.  You can rest assured that any tickets purchased from a secondary marketplace like TickPick will be 100% guaranteed and are going to arrive in plenty of time before the game.  It is more rare for this game to be hard tickets, but many large licensed ticket brokers have set ups and local pickup options as a delivery method that would be the only way to deliver these orders placed last minute, such as over the weekend or on the day of the game.  These local pickups will mostly be at a ticket office or local venue (deemed to be within a mile or so of the venue), but many will have representatives of the ticket brokers themselves physically meeting buyers on the stadium grounds in order to hand deliver their tickets ahead of the game right up until just before kickoff.

TickPick’s Guarantees

As always, TickPick provides our buyers with a BuyerTrust Guarantee on all tickets, assuring any buyers that tickets purchased through us will be secure and 100% valid for entry.  Sellers stand to lose a lot of money should their tickets ever not work for any event, let alone one with high values on tickets like this, so they have every reason to ensure there will not be any issues.  Furthermore, the majority of tickets for this event will be mobile entry, which is a system implemented by the venue in order to prevent fraud (the mobile QR codes aren’t released until a few days prior to the game at most and cannot be duplicated).  The rest of these tickets are hard stock that are issued directly from the venue and have systems in place to verify and ensure that they cannot be counterfeited.

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 tickets 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 Playoff Championship tickets, don’t hesitate to call us at 845-538-4567 or contact us by email at [email protected]

Jan 88:00 PMCollege Football Championship Game: Georgia Bulldogs vs. Alabama Crimson TideMercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, GAFrom $2147

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