By Jesse Wood
Would you trade a kidney for tickets to the sold out App State – Miami game set for next Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium?
Well, at least one fan is looking to make such a deal. And to top it off, they are willing to throw in their first-born child! While this post is obviously tongue-and-cheek hyperbole, it captures the current demand for a seat at The Rock when the Hurricanes come to town.
Tickets for a single game at Kidd Brewer Stadium typically cost $30 to $40. Miami tickets were officially sold for up to $60. On Monday afternoon, VividSeats.com, the official site for resale of the upcoming game’s tickets, were listed within the range of $162 and $627. Stubhub.com had a listing for Miami tickets as high as $749.
When single-game tickets went on sale on Aug. 2, the Miami Game sold out in about an hour. This was after the Miami game boosted season-ticket sales. In May – about four months prior to the season opener – the App State athletics department announced that 2016 season-ticket sales surpassed the entire amount sold in 2015.
The demand, though, is warranted.
The Miami Hurricanes are one of the perennial football programs in the history of college football. They are five-time national championships: ’83, ’87, ’89, ’91, 2001. While the program was previously last ranked in the Top 25 polls in 2013, the Hurricanes re-entered the Top 25 recently after outscoring its first two opponents with a combined score of 108-13.
This game will mark the inaugural hosting of a “power conference” opponent at Kidd Brewer Stadium and this is also the first time that Miami will face a a Sun Belt opponent on the road, according to the App State Athletics Department.
Meanwhile, the Mountaineers look like they are up to the task in its third season in the FBS and second season of bowl eligibility. They’ve won 17 of their last 20 games and became the first team ever to win a bowl game in its first year of eligibility. One of those three losses was to Clemson, a team that would go on to play for last year’s national championship and settle for second best in the country.
In this season’s opener, the Mountaineers were an unlucky-bounce away from beating No. 9-ranked Tennessee. While Clemson manhandled the Mountaineers, Tennessee and the SEC were lucky to escape with a victory.
Long story short, this game should live up to the top billing ESPN is giving the matchup. The last time ESPN featured the Mountaineers during a regular season game was in 1979, when App State faced off against “Battle-for-the-Old-Mountain-Jug” foe Western Carolina.
Miami is a 3.5 favorite over App State.
Kickoff is set for noon on Saturday, Sept. 17.