What if you walked up to or called the ticket office of a Group of Five team and wanted the cheapest season ticket? You’re not faculty or staff, not military and not a young alum, senior citizen or a child. Just a regular adult who wants a guaranteed ticket for every home game. You’re just a regular joe so you want the cheapest ticket possible. It might be a tad late to do it now consider the season (proper) begins in a few days, but we did the legwork for you.
Below is a list of all 62 Group of Five teams, including independents UMass and Army and soon-to-be Sun Belt member Coastal Carolina.
Note: None of these prices include fees or taxes, even if they’re listed in the advertisement. Also, this doesn’t take into account the availability of those tickets.
|Mountain West||American Athletic||MAC||CUSA||Sun Belt|
|New Mexico||$96||East Carolina||$150||Akron||$60||Charlotte||$100||Appalachian State||$200|
|Utah State||$95||South Florida||$150||Bowling Green||$66||Old Dominion||$187||Georgia Southern||$135|
|UNLV||$99||UCF||$99||Miami OH||$105||Marshall||$115||Georgia State||$100|
|Air Force||$100||Cincinnati||$99||Ohio||$100||Western Kentucky||$80||Troy||$60|
|Boise State||$165||Navy||$125||Ball State||$45||FIU||$50||UL Monroe||$100|
|Colorado State||$140||SMU||$99||Northern Illinois||$99||Southern Miss||$110||Texas State||$80|
|Fresno State||$173||Houston||$124||Western Michigan||$108||Louisiana Tech||$100||Arkansas State||$100*|
|San Diego State||$99||Tulane||$200||Eastern Michigan||$75||Rice||$100||New Mexico State||$50|
|San Jose State||$99||Tulsa||$78||Central Michigan||$120||UTSA||$78||Idaho||$60|
|Hawaii||$99||Memphis||$100||Toledo||$100||North Texas||$60||Coastal Carolina (FCS)||$120|
*EDIT: I’ve been told the Arkansas State $60 price was a limited offer for the first 100 buyers.
Here’s the conference averages.
Mountain West average – $115.83
American Athletic average – $124.75
Mid-American average – $88.58
Conference USA average – $92.69 (UAB’s cheapest for an average joe in 2014 was $125)
Sun Belt average – $92.27 ($94.58 with Coastal)
As you can see, the American Athletic is the top average while the MAC is the lowest. I’m guessing all those mid-week MACtion games don’t help.
A bit surprisingly, the most expensive cheapest ticket in all the Group of Five is a tie between Tulane and App State at $200. Tulane is struggling to win while App State won 11 games last season, so those two schools are far apart in many different ways. Next highest is $187 for Old Dominion, which has sold out every game in their history.
The cheapest ticket comes from the cheapest conference as Ball State of the MAC is just $45 for six home games. That’s $7.50 a game. I’m guessing all that mid-week MACtion doesn’t drive a market for buying tickets. FIU and New Mexico State are next-lowest at $50 and well, those kind-of explain themselves.
There’s not any discernible correlation between lowest ticket prices and winning. Peach Bowl champs Houston’s cheapest option is at $128 for six games, including Oklahoma, seems like a heck of a deal. So is $80 for defending CUSA champs Western Kentucky, $60 for defending Sun Belt champs Arkansas State and $66 for defending MAC champs Bowling Green. Only $99 for defending Mountain West champs San Diego State comes close to Houston.