Alabama and Duke’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic matchup brings a $400 price tag
When you think of Duke University playing in a marquee game, you’d probably think of Coach K leading his team onto the hardwood. But that’s not the case this time.
With Duke’s football team on an upswing—they’ve made a bowl six of the last seven years and won the last three bowl games they’ve appeared in—they’re playing in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic at the end of August. The Blue Devils will be taking on the perennial powerhouse Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes Benz Stadium and, as you’d expect for an opening weekend football game in the heart of college football country, prices are on the higher side. With a $402 average resale price, it’s the second most expensive of all the kick-off games.
In terms of on-field talent, Alabama will have the clear advantage. Despite their meek showing in the National Championship Game, the Crimson Tide still have enough talent to make any coach envious. Tua Tagovailoa will return under center to run the offense; while he made some mistakes down the stretch last year, the junior wasn’t a Heisman Trophy finalist by accident. Najee Harris should be the featured running back going into the season following the departures of Josh Jacobs and Damien Harris. There will surely be some questions about new players slotting into key roles—the offensive line particularly is dealing with player turnover—but Nick Saban’s squad should have more than enough talent to turn in another strong season.
While Duke is less accustom to sending players to the NFL than Alabama, they’re coping with the loss of Daniel Jones to the New York Giants. His replacement is expected to be Quentin Harris, a redshirt senior and longtime back-up who played for nine quarters last season when Jones was injured. While Harris might not have the pocket presence of his predecessor, he’s more capable with his feet; he was frequently used on goal line and short yardage sets even when Jones was under center.
In terms of actual ticketing for the game, the secondary market currently has availability in each level of the stadium. Upper level seats start at $143, while the cheapest seat in the lower bowl currently clocks in at $274. There are a few mezzanine seats on sale beginning at $313 and club seats start at $446. There’s even a single suite available for over $12,000 if you’re really looking to go all out.
Buying seats on the primary market is a bit more complicated since this is a neutral site kickoff game. If you want to buy tickets through either school, you can sit in the lower bowl or mezzanine for $200 or the upper bowl for $125. Orders will be filled based on Iron Dukes/ Tide Totals priority and availability and its worth noting that you can’t pick a specific seat; you’ll be assigned the best available in your seating category.
Based on that reality, it’s reasonable to expect a secondary market for this game that has limited availability but strong demand. If you’re a dedicated supporter of one of the schools or simply want the cheapest available ticket, you’ll probably shop with them, but those wanting a specific seating location or sight line will have no choice but to turn to the resale market.
Either way, these tickets will be worth keeping an eye on. And if you’re a diehard college football fan who can’t wait for the season to restart, the game will surely be worth the watch.