The price for tickets to the college football championship game are skyrocketing

What a difference a year makes.

When Clemson and Alabama played for the college football championship a year ago in Glendale, Arizona, fans could purchase tickets on the secondary market for as low as $202, according to data provided by ticketiQ. With the two teams set to face off in a rematch on Monday in Tampa, Florida, the cheapest tickets are now at $1,799.

This year, the prices are also rising, unlike a year ago. On the day of the semifinal games each year (December 31) tickets to the championship games could have been purchased for $600. However, last year, ticket prices then slowly fell in the days leading up to the game. This year, prices rose slowly to about $1,000 per ticket three days before the big game and then spiked on the day before the game, making it the most expensive championship game in the last seven years.

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