There are no tickets available for Saturday’s nationally touted football matchup between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama.
It’s sold out.
That’s regularly sold tickets anyway.
So, unless a fan has planned months in advance and already has a ticket in hand or is one of those fans to whom money is no option, the only real option is going to be watching the game on television.
LSU was given an allotment of 7,000 tickets, of which 700 were reserved for students.
However, there are tickets available through online vendors such as StubHub, Craigslist and eBay but they range in price from several hundred dollars up to a $2,500 per ticket.
Regular set price for the LSU vs. Alabama game is $70.
Although Louisiana law prohibits reselling tickets for more than the face value, there is a part of that law that allows resale on the Internet for a higher price with a number of exceptions and conditions.
This resale possibility does not apply to student tickets or tickets for university sports that are specially allocated to Louisiana legislators.
Legislators are offered the opportunity to buy two tickets to bowl games, but that offer can’t be made for away games because the allotment of tickets is too small, said Herb Vincent, LSU’s associate vice chancellor for university relations and senior associate athletics director.
Gov. Bobby Jindal will be watching the game on TV with his family at home, according to Kyle Plotkin, of the Governor’s Office.
CBS-TV has moved the game to prime time and its telecast will begin at 7 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:11 p.m.
On Monday morning, students lined up early in front of the LSU ticket office in hopes of upgrading the tickets they already reserved earlier this year.
“Those people are trying to get in the first or second row,” Vincent explained.
The students waiting for the ticket office - Monday morning for lower level seating and Tuesday morning for upper level seating - were trying for better seats based on their priority points.
Students earn priority points by the number of home and away games in various sporting events they attended in the previous year, he explained.
People looking to buy tickets need to be careful of counterfeit tickets, he said.
“Any game of this high profile, you have to be aware of counterfeit tickets,” Vincent said. “Buy from a reliable source.”