It’s a fan’s dilemma unlike any other: is selling your tickets to an opposing fan worth the monetary value over the potential loss of a home-field advantage? Case in point: this weekend’s game between Ohio State @ Northwestern.
We hear it all the time in sports, college most prevalently; “This team travels well.” “Notre Dame travels well.” “Oklahoma travels well.” “OSU and Michigan travel well.” “[Insert SEC team here] travels well.” The list can go on-and-on. Big time programs and big time schools have alumni networks and supporters alike all over the country. If there’s a big away game they’re going to want to attend it, and they’re going to find a way to acquire tickets. One of the biggest ways is secondary markets from season ticket holders and fans of the home town team. But is it worth it for those hometown fans? Sure, hypothetically speaking, if a Northwestern fan sold four tickets to an OSU fan that’s not going to swing home-field advantage in one fell swoop. It’s just a drop in the bucket. But when hundreds, potentially thousands, of fans sell tickets to the opposition it certainly can change what was supposed to be a home game, into a neutral site game. Looking at the pictures and according to Tixer’s own Mikey D who traveled to the game it was a 50/50 split between OSU and Northwestern fans. I mean, that’s a big sea of red in those stands.
So is it worth it? Depends ALL on the seller. Ideally all hometown fans would like to sell to other hometown fans, in my humble opinion. Keep the tickets “in the family” so-to-speak. But as time gets closer to kickoff, tipoff, first pitch, or puck drop a seller is a seller at the end of the day. A seller’s goal is to get rid of their tickets and recoup some of their money. How does Tixers fit into the equation? While it can’t guarantee a seller’s tickets going to an opposing fan, it can help you get exchange those tickets at a fair value, without the pressure of selling them at the last second.