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Ticket Prices For Ohio State Continue Steady Climb

Bowl Game? Nope. Just The Opener!

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Some people watch the stock market.  Some people look at Vegas odds to predict the future.  I like to check where the rubber meets the road to determine worth.  Looking at ticket prices spiking for the opening game in Blacksburg had me scratching my head.  We are playing against Ohio State, the consensus #1 team heading into the 2015 season.  Early projections have us in the back end of the top 25.  It would be fair to say that on paper Virginia Tech has no realistic shot at beating the Buckeyes.  I give some of the market value to heightened expectations of a Hokie squad that limped in last year to say the least.  I also figure that the Buckeye traveling contingent is scooping up some tickets.  Don't get me wrong.  It is the premier game on opening weekend.  It only enhances the value based on last years' results.  There are, however, two big differences between last years' game and this one.

When Braxton Miller went down, the game was changed. There is no one in Hokie Nation that argue that both teams were drastically different by the end of the season. It is interesting to watch the market for tickets to the opener at Lane spiral upwards.

I paid 80 bucks for two decent tickets for the SUGAR BOWL against Michigan a few years back. I paid $61 to watch the Hokies get dismantled by Alabama 2 years ago. I don't mind paying a premium, but jeeze. With the advent of HD T.V.s, and the lack of a bathroom line in my living room I am counting myself out of this one. The price of admission alone is enough to break the bank. Travel, hotels, and incidentals put a trip to B'Burg into the Disney category. It will be interesting to see how much the tickets cost in week 6. That will not only set its own market, but will summarize our season.

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