Tickets for the US national college championship game between Alabama and Clemson have dropped significantly compared to last year.

It is likely that the prices are lower due to the two southeast teams having to fly across the country to California’s Bay Area for the 2019 College Football Playoff championship.

The cheapest seats for last year’s event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where Alabama beat Georgia, cost around $1,700 while this year’s cheap seats are priced at $245.

Ticketmaster’s resale page had seats for just over $300, as did ticket resale search engine TicketIQ.

“It will be interesting to see if it’s completely sold through,” said Jesse Lawrence, the founder of TicketIQ, according to AL.com. “I think it will be dicey. I think there’s a pretty good chance it doesn’t sell out or there’s empty seats.

“I actually think it has less to do with fatigue than it does just distance. Last year, you could make just as much of a case there was just as much fatigue for Alabama fans but it was the most expensive national championship that we tracked.

“Obviously, it was in Georgia’s back yard but if you look at the year before that, it was a $1,700 get-in. I think it’s as simple as distance. I think people are happy to pay for the ticket if it’s close and even pay up but I think the combination of travel, hotel and all of that.

“And it’s Monday night. That’s not exactly convenient. It just adds up to being too much for fans who have already been there in the past 10 years.”

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