Coming off last year’s national championship loss, The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame have much higher expectations entering the 2013 season compared to the beginning of last year’s campaign. Along with those high expectations comes a desire for fans to witness what they think could be a historic season. The importance of each and every game is heightened, as a few monumental plays can be the difference between playing for a national championship and playing in a bowl game in December. While it’s great for fans to see their team play so well, it comes with some minor drawbacks. Namely, higher ticket prices.
There will be six opportunities for Notre Dame fans to visit South Bend this season to watch their Irish play. A few of those games are amongst the most expensive college football games for the entirety of the season, while others are much more affordable. We’ve broken down the ticket landscape for all six games below, providing the average ticket price along with the get-in price. After assessing which game you most want to attend, you can click here for 2013 Notre Dame football tickets.
Notre Dame 2013 Home Schedule
August 31st vs. Temple Owls | Avg. Price: $235 | Get-in Price: $125
The home opener against Temple is surprisingly enough the second cheapest get-in price for this season, only more expensive than the final home game against BYU. Temple isn’t the type of team that will influence ticket prices, but a home opener is one of the more exciting games of the season regardless of opponent. For fans looking for a great value game, this is the one to pick.
September 21st vs. Michigan State | Avg. Price: $342 | Get-in Price: $205
Michigan State’s 2011 visit to South Bend yielded an average ticket price of only $211; therefore, this year’s matchup has seen a 62% increase in average ticket price. This will be the first road game of the season for the Spartans, so it’ll be interesting to see how the first year starters handle Notre Dame Stadium.
September 28th vs. Oklahoma | Avg. Price: $512 | Get-in Price: $299
The Sooners travel to Notre Dame this year, after losing 30-13 at home last year in the Fighting Irish’s coming out party on national television. This is the most expensive Notre Dame ticket for 2013 and is only behind Texas A&M vs. Alabama as the most expensive NCAA game of the season. National title hopes will be on the line and fans will have to fork over a considerable amount of money to view it in person.
October 19th vs. USC | Avg. Price $508 | Get-in Price: $316
One of the best rivalries in college sports, and also one of the most expensive tickets in college sports. It is the third most expensive game of the year, tied with Texas vs. Oklahoma. The last time these two teams met in South Bend, the average ticket price was at $435.
November 2nd vs. Navy | Avg. Price: $219 | Get-in Price: $132
The Midshipmen are always on the calendar and always one of the cheaper options to see Notre Dame. These two teams opened last season in Dublin, a game that Notre Dame won handedly 50-10. After winning three out of four years between 2007-2010, Navy has lost to the Irish by a combined 82 points the past two years.
November 23rd vs. BYU | Avg. Price: $203 | Get-in Price: $104
The last and cheapest game of the season takes place on November 23rd as Notre Dame faces off against BYU. If you have an optimistic view on this year’s Fighting Irish, it might behoove you to grab some tickets now, as a victory could mean a trip to the BCS National Championship game. More likely than not, the game will have some meaning and tickets are a relative pittance compared to the early season games against Oklahoma and USC.