See the Battle of the Carolinas in the Belk College Kickoff for under $85 on the secondary market
The Carolinas definitely take their sports seriously. From the Hurricanes’ recent postseason run and the annual Tobacco Road rivalry basketball games to football Saturdays in Columbia, no game is going by without plenty of fans ready to party.
There will definitely be a party atmosphere this August, when the UNC Tar Heels host the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Belk College Kickoff at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. If you’re counting down the days until college football season, this will be one to keep an eye on, as it’s one of the cheapest kickoff games, with tickets available for as low as $80 on the resale market.
Last season, the Gamecocks started out ranked 24th, but struggled in SEC play. They finished the year 7-6 (4-4 in conference) earning a trip to the Belk Bowl, where they were blanked 28-0 by Virginia. While they’ll want to improve on that disappointing conclusion, it will likely be another uphill battle in Columbia.
On offense, Jake Bentley will still be calling the shots under center, but he’ll need a new supporting cast. South Carolina is still looking for a consistent number one running back—Ty’son Williams’ transfer will most likely bump Rico Dowdle to the top of the depth chart—and it will be almost impossible to replace wide receiver Deebo Samuel. Some new bodies are also needed on defense, especially in the secondary.
No matter how uncertain South Carolina fans are feeling coming into this season, though, UNC fans are definitely feeling worse. Last year, the Tar Heels finished with a dismal 2-9 (1-7 in the ACC) record. Their only two wins came against Pitt and Western Carolina and head coach Larry Fedora paid the price with his job.
Former UNC head coach Mack Brown has returned to Chapel Hill and is tasked with returning the program to its former glory. Brown is bringing two coordinators—Jay Bateman and Phil Longo—with him and their first task will be to find a new quarterback to build around. There are also holes to fill on the defensive side of the ball, particularly at linebacker. All of that paints a picture of a team that will surely be a bit ragged come August.
If you’re interested in checking out either team in person, there are already a decent amount of tickets available on the secondary market. As you would assume the cheapest seats are in the upper bowl behind the end zones; upper bowl sideline seats, however, are not much more expensive. The cheapest ticket in the middle tier of the stadium—also behind the end zone—is currently $131. Field level seats currently start at $149 and club level tickets begin at $316. No matter where you sit, however, remember that the stadium is divided in half with each team’s fans getting a side.
If you want to purchase your tickets on the primary market, things are a little more complicated. Currently the only way to purchase tickets is in a package that includes at least two seats for both the kickoff game and the postseason Belk Bowl. While pricing will obviously depend on your seating location for each game, you’ll pay a minimum of $87 if you select the cheapest available seat for both games. If you only want to purchase a ticket to the kickoff game, you’ll have to join a waitlist.
Given that purchasing scenario, it’s reasonable to assume that most fans will turn to the resale marketplace for their tickets. With that in mind, it’s probably best to act quickly if you’re sure you want to see the game; as August draws closer and fans start looking for seats, most of them will get filtered onto the secondary market where they’ll compete for the same tickets.
Whether you’re a Gamecock or a Tar Heel, you’ll have plenty of questions about your football team going into this season. And while the Belk College Kickoff might not answer all of those questions, it’s a chance to watch your team at a reasonable price and see if they can start to work things out on the gridiron.