From a press release sent by the Big Ten earlier this morning:
Tickets for the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, August 1 at Noon ET. The fifth annual Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played on Saturday, December 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The game will be broadcast nationally on FOX with kickoff set for 8:17 p.m. ET.
Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets will range from $50 to $90 depending on the seat location and each order will be limited to eight tickets. In addition, every Big Ten Football Championship Game ticket includes complimentary admission to the Big Ten Fan Fest presented by Dr Pepper, to be held at the Indiana Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, December 4-5.
Is anyone besides Ohio State fans going to buy these tickets outright? Or will everyone else take advantage of the unique hedge system the Big Ten has created?
Tickets and VIP premium ticket packages can also be reserved at bigten.teamtix.com, a ticket reservation system launched by the Big Ten in partnership with Forward Market Media (FMM) and BTN. Powered by FMM’s proprietary software platforms, fans can go to bigten.teamtix.com to purchase, for as little as a $10 reservation fee, the right to buy "TeamTix." If the specified team qualifies for the championship game, that fan is guaranteed a ticket to the game priced at face value. If the specified team does not qualify, the "TeamTix" expires and that fan forfeits only the reservation fee. Adding to the excitement, fans can also trade their "TeamTix" in real time in the Big Ten Forward Market, where prices can rise and fall with each team’s on-field performance as the season progresses.
Up until now Minnesota hasn't been in a position to make B1G Title Game tickets a proposition worth entertaining in July/August. As a result, I have no idea how well the "TeamTix" system works. But I'm hoping those brave souls in our midst who want to lay claim to a TeamTix reservation now will report back with their findings. Meanwhile, I'll hold out hope that the Gophers get there so I can fight GN for the right to represent TDG on a media pass.