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Nebraska fans sold out Scott Frost's first spring game this month in less than 48 hours.

Nebraska spring game more expensive than regular-season game tickets at 22 Power 5 programs

Sean Keeler

There are rock stars, and then there are Nebraska rock stars. Billy Joel is pulling as much as $590 per ticket this month at Madison Square Garden; Tim McGraw’s return to his Louisiana roots this summer will set you back up to $628 a seat.

Scott Frost’s first Nebraska show is going for $657.

In a game that doesn’t even freaking count.

There’s love, and there’s Cornhuskers love. According to TicketCity.com, the asking price for the most expensive seat at Nebraska’s Red-White spring game on April 21 is $657. That means Frost’s first exhibition appearance as the Big Red’s coach is pricier than the most expensive regular-season football seat for 22 out of 64 — more than a third — of all Power 5 schools this fall:

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1. Georgia: $5,070

1t. Iowa: $5,070

3. Oregon State: $3,346

4. Notre Dame: $2,365

5. Ohio State: $2,276

6. Michigan: $2,027

7. Alabama: $1,817

8. LSU: $1,799

9. Texas A&M: $1,622

10. USC: $1,521

11. Penn State: $1,447

12. Texas: $1,422

13. Miami: $1,277

14. Florida: $1,188

15. Oklahoma: $1,171

16. Mississippi: $1,068

17t. California: $1,013

17t. Michigan State: $1,013

17t. Mississippi State: $1,013

17t. NEBRASKA: $1,013

17t. Purdue: $1,013

17t. TCU: $1,013

17t. UCLA: $1,013

17t. Virginia: $1,013

25. Texas Tech: $966

26. Florida State: $960

27. South Carolina: $957

28t. North Carolina State: $929

28t. Washington: $929

30t. Auburn: $920

30t. Baylor: $920

30t. Utah: $920

33. Oregon: $901

34. Virginia Tech: $865

35. Clemson: $835

36. Tennessee: $828

37. Georgia Tech: $781

38. Arkansas: $751

39. Northwestern: $743

40. Maryland: $723

41. Wake Forest: $690

42. NEBRASKA SPRING GAME: $657

43. Washington State: $589

44. Pittsburgh: $588

45. West Virginia: $559

46. Oklahoma State: $558

47. Kentucky: $496

48. Missouri: $470

49. Syracuse: $461

50. Boston College: $430

51t. Arizona: $410

51t. Louisville: $410

53. Minnesota: $373

54. Kansas State: $346

55. Iowa State: $342

56. Vanderbilt: $335

57. Rutgers: $298

58. Stanford: $279

59. Colorado: $269

60. Illinois: $206

61. North Carolina: $148

62. Indiana: $136

63. Kansas: $97

64. Duke: $46

Arizona State: N/A

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“Nebraska fans have been through the whole run — the good, the bad and the ugly,” Cornhuskers icon and former interim athletic director Dave Rimington told Land of 10 recently. “Nebraska fans — you can’t beat people like that anywhere. We’ve just got people [where] they love Nebraska, almost to a fault, where they just love it and they back them if they’re a .500 team or a great team.”

Now not everybody loves the price point, mind you. Or how we got there …

Despise it or dig it — and both takes are more than justified — the whole thing’s been a head-scratcher for the TicketCity folks, who don’t usually expect such a crush on seats for a spring game. Nebraska’s sold out in less than two days, which went a long way toward making it the site’s most expensive college football spring game seat, on average, over the last three seasons, at $142.65 — topping the $132.07 average price of the Ohio State’s spring exhibition in 2017.

Source: TicketCity.com

 

… and the Cornhuskers’ $124.09 average price from 2016:

Source: TicketCity.com

 

If you’re curious, here was how prices for the six FBS spring games available at the TicketCity.com database compared as of early Tuesday morning, as ranked by minimum cost:

  1. Nebraska: $32/$657 max
  2. Ohio State: $8/$402 max
  3. Boise State: $20/$73 max
  4. Florida State: $13/$23 max
  5. Kentucky: $20/$22 max
  6. Charlotte: $12/$12 max

The record for attendance at the Cornhuskers’ spring game is 80,149, set in 2008, during Bo Pelini’s first season. It’s got about eight weeks left, you figure, to hang on to the top spot:

“Nebraskans deserve a medal,” Rimington said, “for what they’ve been through.”

And when it comes to supply and demand right now, Big Red Nation is making a killer run for the gold.