Parking around Beaver Stadium sold out by Tuesday. Downtown parking garages filled up by noon Friday. And ticket scalpers started yelling to fans on College Avenue on Friday morning.
Unsurprisingly, Penn State-Ohio State was the hottest ticket in the nation.
That makes it the only ticket Saturday to even surpass the $125 mark. The three other most expensive games were South Carolina-Kentucky ($123), Arkansas-Texas A&M ($114) and Stanford-Notre Dame ($100).
In the Big Ten, Michigan-Northwestern was the most-expensive “cheap” ticket at $89. And Rutgers once again has the very cheapest ($6), meaning you could buy one Penn State ticket or 34 Rutgers-Indiana tickets.
Saturday night’s No. 4 Ohio State at No. 9 Penn State game was intriguing for a lot of reasons, which made it so popular. It featured two Heisman candidate quarterbacks in Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins and Penn State’s Trace McSorley. It was the first top-10 matchup in Beaver Stadium in 19 years. And, for the last two seasons, this game has determined the Big Ten East champ.
The road to the playoff gets a lot harder for the loser in this matchup. So Saturday night’s White Out, one of the great spectacles in college football, cost $209 for an end-zone seat in the upper deck. If you wanted a nose-bleed seat around the 30-yard line? $250.
The excitement in Happy Valley was palpable, and the ticket prices reflected that.