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Tennessee vs. Florida: Tickets are available, but be prepared to pay

If you want to be a part of what is sure to be a raucous crowd at Neyland Stadium to see No. 11 Tennessee face off against its SEC East rival Florida on Saturday, you should be able to find tickets … but you’d better be prepared to pay for them.

Tickets for Saturday’s sold-out game (3:30 pm, CBS) are in high demand, as hype builds around the Vols and their second-year head coach, Josh Heupel. Tennessee enters Saturday’s game with its highest ranking in the national polls since 2016 — which, coincidentally, was also the last year the Vols defeated the Gators.

Tennessee athletics director Danny White announced last week that the game against No. 20 Florida is sold out, meaning more than 100,000 people will crowd into Neyland Stadium to see if the Vols can beat the Gators for just the second time since 2004.

If you want to be among them, you should be able to find tickets; resale seats were available in almost every section of the stadium as of Wednesday afternoon. But you’re going to have to be prepared to open your wallet.

The Tennessee-Florida game is one of the most expensive tickets for a game at Neyland Stadium in several years, surpassing the 2021 game against Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss. Through popular resale site VividSeats, the cheapest tickets in the house had soared to $281 each by Friday afternoon, and there were fewer than 50 tickets available for less than $300 each.

For the record, a pair of tickets at $281 each will cost $791.36 by the time taxes and fees are added. That means, as a best-case scenario, you’re going to pay nearly $800 — or about a week’s salary for an average worker making $20 an hour — for a pair of tickets to Saturday’s game.

(For comparison’s sake, you can buy a 75-inch 4k television with at Walmart for just under $600, and tack on a month of streaming service from Hulu for another $75.) 

And those prices are for upper levels. If you want seats in the lower bowl of the stadium, you’ll shell out even more money. The cheapest lower-level end zone seats were going for nearly $400 each Wednesday afternoon; the cheapest lower-level sideline seats were nearly $500 each.

Of course, not all tickets are equivalent. Some entrepreneurial spirit listed a pair of tickets in Section A, Row 48 — that’s in the visitor section, if you’re wondering — for $11,705 each. 

Other resale sites were similarly priced. Ticketmaster, which partners with the University of Tennessee to allow season ticket holders to resale their tickets easily, the cheapest ticket was $280 as of Wednesday afternoon. The most expensive was $7,500 for a seat 34 rows behind the Tennessee bench, in Section V.

Tennessee is an 11-point favorite heading into Saturday’s game, and ESPN’s computer model projects that the Vols have an 88% chance of winning the game. But how would you like to be the poor sap who mortgages the farm to attend the game if Florida does what it tends to do against Tennessee and finds a way to win?

Not that expensive tickets were unexpected for this game. Florida and Alabama are Tennessee’s biggest rivals, and routinely draw the highest prices at Neyland Stadium. (Thanks to the way SEC scheduling is set up, the Vols always host the Gators and the Tide the same year, and have since the league split into separate divisions in the early 1990s.) That was before the Vols’ resurgence under Heupel boosted fan interest. Tennessee sold out its game against lowly Akron last week, with nearly 102,000 people on hand to watch the Vols’ 63-6 win.

Ben Garrett
Ben Garrett
Ben Garrett is Independent Herald editor and publisher. Follow him on Twitter, @benwgarrett, or email him at bgarrett at ihoneida dot com.
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