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Posted on Sat, Sep 10, 2011 : 6:48 p.m.

Scalpers say Michigan-Notre Dame football game tickets are hard to find, driving prices up

By Lizzy Alfs

With tickets for the Michigan football team's first home night game tonight in high demand, some ticket scalpers near the stadium are raising their asking prices as the game approaches and tickets get harder to find.

Tickets for the historic game have already been selling for steep prices, with StubHub! tickets ranging from $199 to $4,000 per ticket earlier this week.


Ticket prices are increasing as game time approaches for the Michigan-Notre Dame night game.

Shortly before 6 p.m., with two hours to go until kickoff, scalpers were scattered along South Main Street outside the Big House waiting for people willing to pay a hefty sum to watch the game.

Scalpers reported selling tickets from $200 to $500 but anticipated those prices rising as kickoff nears.

“Ticket prices will go up in the next few hours,” one scalper said. “Now it’s nice outside and people are going to really want to go to that game.”

With the U-M Athletic Department Ticket Office long sold out of tickets and the peaked fan interest in the first-ever night game, scalpers said there are very few available tickets left.

“There aren’t a lot of tickets floating around,” a scalper said. “Really, there can’t be more than 100 extra tickets out there and that’s what is going to drive prices up.”

One scalper wearing an “I buy and sell tickets” sign, said he’s having a tough time peddling tickets because he can’t find any.

“It’s rough because for a game like this there aren’t many tickets left,” he said. “I only have a pair to sell right now.”

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at


John A2

Sun, Sep 11, 2011 : 4:47 a.m.

Yeah yeah yeah, get a life scalpers.


Sun, Sep 11, 2011 : 4:39 a.m.

Usually the price drops near game time as sellers don't want to get stuck with unsold tickets. This game was an exception probably because of the night game novelty.


Sun, Sep 11, 2011 : 3:47 a.m.

In a related story.....due to the shutting down of the marijuana dispensaries, drug dealers are reporting that marijuana prices are soaring.


Sun, Sep 11, 2011 : 1:31 a.m.

What is this, free advertising for illegal activities????? This is NOT news!


Sat, Sep 10, 2011 : 11:47 p.m.

Isn't ticket scalping illegal? Or does Rick Snyder need a ticket, in which case, it's alright. Maybe the PAC can buy it for him, for his suffering, financially, as Gov.

John A2

Sun, Sep 11, 2011 : 4:46 a.m.

The governor gets box seats as well as the president. Something we aren't aware of. But yes we will never know if someone of great stature is attending the game, and especially now that the new towers were built. If you are at a game and the air-force jets fly over, that's usually a sign that someone like the Gov or the pres is there.


Sat, Sep 10, 2011 : 11:21 p.m.

Wonder what tickets will go for on October 1st at the "house of pain" when Bucky puts a thumping on the newest member?