If you live in the northeastern part of the United States, you’re probably not the biggest college football fan. But your access to Saturday football isn’t determined by geography. If you’re in the New York metro area, for example, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights can provide an affordable opportunity to take in some NCAA action.
Last season, the Scarlet Knights struggled through a dismal 1-11 (0-9 in conference) campaign. Despite those lumps, there are some signs that the team can rebound. Quarterback Artur Sitkowski is no longer a true freshman and, hopefully, he has outgrown some of the mistakes that crippled Rutgers’ offense. On the other side of the ball, Andy Buh will be moving north from Maryland to call the defensive plays; that appointment, combined with a new cornerbacks coach, will ideally give the defense a boost.
But even with those improvements, the reality of last season has affected ticket prices. The average ticket price on the secondary market has fallen from $115 to $83, a decrease of 38%. Beyond that, six of the team’s seven home games have a get-in price below $40 on the secondary market.
The Scarlet Knights’ home opener against UMass is actually one of their cheapest games all year, with an average price of $47 on the secondary market. Prices begin at $23 however and you seats in the lower bowl in the low $30 range. Prices increase slightly for the next three home games—Boston College, Maryland, and Minnesota—then drop back down for a match-up with the Liberty Flames.
The two most expensive Rutgers games are, understandably, those against their two biggest opponents: Ohio State and Michigan State. When the Buckeyes visit High Point Solutions Stadium, you’ll have to pay a minimum of $130 to get into the building; the average price on the secondary market currently clocks in at $224. If you want to see the Spartans, however, you can score a better bargain. Tickets are averaging $75 on the resale marketplace, but you can get in the stadium beginning at $36.
While single game tickets aren’t currently on sale from the school, season tickets are still available in most sections of the stadium. While prices for season tickets do not vary that much—they range from $210 to $385—better seats do have to pay a higher seat fee. That fee ranges from $25 per seat in the corners of the upper deck to $250 per seat in the center of the lower bowl.
As of last season, Rutgers increased mobile-friendly ticketing options for entering the stadium. While physical tickets are always an option, you can print your own tickets at home, or add them to your Apple Wallet or Apple Watch for easy entry. It’s also worth remembering that every patron, regardless of age will require a ticket to attend the game. You can, however, request a complimentary ticket for a child less than two years of age to sit on the lap of a ticketed adult at the North Gate Ticket Office.
College football may be a ways away, but right now may be your best time to snap up some Rutgers football tickets. While the primary market isn’t fully up and running yet, some good deals are available on the secondary market. While there’s some risk of speculation—you can never predict a huge injury or breakout star—it’s hard to imagine that Ohio State will fall off a cliff before their visit. And they come to New Jersey on an unbeaten run, for example, you’ll be wishing you snagged tickets now at a bargain price.
Whether you’re a fan of the Scarlet Knights, another NCAA club, or just want to spend a Saturday watching some football, Rutgers tickets will be something to keep an eye on.