Three years after Levi’s Stadium hosted the Super Bowl, the home of the San Francisco 49ers will serve as the site of the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship.
While the cheapest tickets to watch the Denver Broncos defeat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 cost upward of $3,000, college football’s title game is more affordable for fans willing to purchase or reserve seats in advance of Saturday’s semifinal games.
With more than a week remaining until the January 7 championship game, ticket prices range from as low as $475 per seat to an opulent “Gold Package” offer requiring a $5,999 payment for admission.
Fans of the four semifinalist teams –No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 Oklahoma– can purchase reservations that allow buyers to lock in face-value prices ahead of Saturday’s semifinal matchups, but customers who pay for reservations ahead of the semifinal games stand to lose money if their team does not advance.
Face-value tickets in the 400-level (upper deck) at Levi’s Stadium currently cost $475 each, but the price for reserving the right to purchase face-value tickets varies by team due to market demand. Alabama fans must pay $350 per reservation to secure the right to buy 400-level tickets should the Crimson Tide advance past Oklahoma, meaning the actual “get-in” price when factoring in a reservation fee is $825 per ticket.
A reservation to sit in the Clemson 400-level sections at $475 per ticket costs $204, while Notre Dame reservations are $180 and Oklahoma reservations are $88. If fans of the semifinalist teams want to secure the ability to purchase 100 and 200-level seats for $575 per ticket, the cost of each reservation also increases.
Fans hoping to avoid paying reservation fees can still purchase tickets in a number of other ways, including through the College Football Playoff’s Official Fan-to-Fan ticket exchange. Though customers don’t stand to save any money purchasing tickets before the semifinal matchups –the lowest ticket available is a 400-level seat for $888– it’s possible ticket prices will drop closer to the date of the title game.
A ticket representative for the College Football Playoff could not specify what percentage of tickets are distributed to sponsors and what percentage are held for VIP packages, but over 50 percent of the available tickets are allocated to the two participating schools. The participating schools are expected to make tickets available for purchase shortly after securing a berth in the title game.
“Playoff Premium” packages for fans interested in a hosted game-day experience are also being marketed by the College Football Playoff. Playoff Premium packages are sold at Gold, Black and White levels, with all three levels featuring all-inclusive food and drink tailgates. The differences between packages include seat locations, hotel accommodations and access to activities like watching postgame festivities from the field.
A two-night stay at the AC Hotel in San Jose, the Hilton in San Jose or the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose will add $800 to a $1,999 White Level package while a two-night stay at the Santa Clara Marriott or the Hotel de Anza in San Jose will cost an additional $1,200 for a Gold Level package retailing at $4,699.
Fans who purchase ticket reservations in each team’s designated section can also pay $8 for the right to reserve $368 face-value rooms for two-night stays at Hotel Avatar, Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Airport, Holiday Inn San Jose Silicon Valley or the Wyndham Garden Inn San Jose. Customers looking for slightly cheaper rooms can pay $5 to reserve $337 face-value rooms for two-night stays at the Crowne Plaza Silicon Valley, the Country Inn and Suites Sunnyvale, the Residence Inn Sunnyvale or the Hilton Garden Inn.