Tickets for UT-LSU game exploding on resale sites, up 900% in price from last year

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s still unclear if Texas football is back — whatever that means. But one thing is clear: Texas football fans are back.

MORE: Texas-LSU game is hottest ticket in college football

Tickets for this weekend’s game against LSU are averaging more than $500 apiece on resale sites like SeatGeek and Stubhub — with some tickets going for more than $10,000.

“Of the people on our site looking for tickets, 75% are from Texas. Only 8% are from Louisiana,” says Chris Leyden, a spokesperson for SeatGeek.

“I wouldn’t expect to see a lot of purple and yellow in the stadium.”

It seems last year’s Sugar Bowl win combined with a top-10 matchup has piqued the interest of even the most fair-weathered fan. According to SeatGeek, this week’s game is the most in-demand Texas football game since they began tracking the secondary market in 2010. In fact, it is the most in-demand live event of any kind in recent years in Austin, according to SeatGeek.

SeatGeek’s most in-demand live events in Austin (based on average ticket price):

  1. 2019 LSU vs Texas: $569
  2. 2019 ACL Festival $465
  3. 2018 ACL Festival $411
  4. 2019 U.S. Grand Prix $394
  5. 2016 Adele at Frank Erwin Center $384

The Longhorns have hosted big name teams before. USC came to Austin last year.

But sales for Saturday’s game are outpacing last year’s match-up with Southern Cal by 900%, according to StubHub.

People are willing to travel, too.

StubHub says people from 42 states have bought tickets for LSU-Texas game.

Home rental site, VRBO says Austin listings are averaging $532 per night this weekend, compared to $438 for the same weekend last year.

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