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Football Dominates Fall As Nearly 70 Percent of Fans Would Travel to a Game, According to CheapTickets.com Football Fandex

CheapTickets.com Reveals Most Popular College Football Games Across the United States
Plus, Save 10 Percent on Tickets to College Football’s Biggest Games With Promo Code FOOTBALL10

CHICAGO, Sept. 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- While fall is full of greatness – autumn foliage, pumpkin-flavored goodies and Halloween – Americans’ absolute favorite parts of fall are football and cooler temperatures, according to the recent Football Fandex Survey1 by CheapTickets.com®. And since nearly 70 percent of football fans would travel for a college game (with 25 percent traveling over 250 miles)2 CheapTickets.com is sharing the top 10 most popular college football games across the U.S.3

“These games are big draws for fans from across the country, meaning that demand for nearby lodging can get overwhelming,” said Justine McDonald, CheapTickets.com travel expert. “Whether people have traveled from the next town over or have flown from across the country, hotel rooms over big game weekends can come at a premium. If you’re planning on staying over on game night, book early and be open to accommodations a little further from the stadium to save some cash.”

OCTOBER’S MOST POPULAR COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMES ACCORDING TO CHEAPTICKETS.COM
The people have spoken! According to CheapTickets.com data, these games are the ones that people are clamoring to get to in October.4 While the top 10 games span the country, Texas and Florida cities dominate the list, hosting six of the 10 matchups, and October 8 is the most popular weekend for these reigning football games. Standout teams include the Tennessee Volunteers, Texas A&M Aggies, Florida State Seminoles and Ohio State Buckeyes, all of which appear on the list more than once. Learn more on the CheapTickets.com Blog.

 

Game

Date

City

Average nightly hotel rate

1

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Syracuse Orange

Oct. 1

East Rutherford, N.J.

$

189

 

2

Tennessee Volunteers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

Oct. 15

Knoxville, Tenn.

$

142

 

3

Texas A&M Aggies vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Oct. 8

College Station, Texas

$

254

 

4

Miami Hurricanes vs. Florida State Seminoles

Oct. 8

Miami Gardens, Fla.

$

210

 

5

Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Oct. 22

University Park, Penn.

$

174

 

6

Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners

Oct. 8

Dallas, Texas

$

212

 

7

Florida State Seminoles vs. Clemson Tigers

Oct. 29

Tallahassee, Fla.

$

259

 

8

Florida Gators vs. LSU Tigers

Oct. 8

Gainesville, Fla.

$

258

 

9

Texas A&M Aggies vs. New Mexico State Aggies

Oct. 29

College Station, Texas

$

247

 

10

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Oct. 15

Madison, Wis.

$

183

 

CHEAPTICKETS.COM FOOTBALL FANDEX: ALL ABOUT THE FANS
Who they’re rooting for: A person’s favorite team says a lot about them. Why? According to the CheapTickets.com Football Fandex, loyalty is deeply rooted in personal history, with the top three influencers being a person’s alma mater, a school’s proximity to their hometown, and family affiliation. True to loyal football fan form, a team’s reputation or current standing has the least influence on who they’ll support.

What they’ll do for their team: While it’s not that surprising that over 60 percent of fans would be willing to wear their team’s colors or other memorabilia at a game, the Football Fandex found that over a quarter would be willing to paint their faces or bodies, or wear a costume to show their team spirit.

Which types of games they prefer: Over 55 percent of college football fans say their favorite type of game to watch is one between longtime rivals, followed by one between highly ranked teams.

CHEAPTICKETS.COM WAYS TO SAVE
To keep costs low for football fans, now through November 30, CheapTickets.com is offering 10 percent off college football’s hottest games using promo code FOOTBALL10,5 and for those planning to travel to a game, snag 18 percent off our best hotel deals with promo code TOUCHDOWN6 now through October 31.

1 Part one of survey fielded by CheapTickets.com to 504 adults via Google Consumer Surveys on September 19, 2016.

2 Part two of survey fielded by CheapTickets.com to 521 adults who have attended or plan to attend a college football game via Google consumer Surveys on September 14, 2016. 

3  Top football games based on demand on CheapTickets.com for available NCAA games occurring between October 1 and October 31.

4 Average hotel rates calculated on September 15, 2016 by taking the average price per night for all hotel bookings in the listed destinations for check-in dates the day before each event through the day after each event.

FOOTBALL10 - Purchase an event ticket between September 23, 2016 12:00:00AM CST and November 30, 2016 11:59:59PM CST via CheapTickets.com/events and instantly receive 10% off through the use of the promotion code. Limit one discount per ticket and one promotion code per booking. Discount may not be used toward the booking of theme park tickets. Discounts are not redeemable for cash for any reason. Promotion codes are non-transferrable, not for resale, and cannot be combined with other offers. Promotion code is valid at time of check-out only and will not be credited after you have confirmed your purchase. Any attempt at fraud will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted. CheapTickets.com/events reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion. Promotion code does not apply to service fees or shipping. For complete terms, visit https://www.cheaptickets.com/events/main

6  TOUCHDOWN Subject to the restrictions set out in these terms and conditions, the 18% promotion code may be applied to a qualifying stand-alone hotel (not a hotel booking in combination with any other product such as flight + hotel, or flight +hotel + car) booked online with cheaptickets.com between September 16, 2016 12:01AM CT and October 31, 2016 11:59PM CT, for 1 or more nights for travel between September 16, 2016, and March 31, 2017. Qualifying bookings instantly receive 18% off at check-out through the use of the promotion code. Limit one discount per hotel room and one promotion code per itinerary. Exclusions may apply and most major hotel chains are excluded. CheapTickets reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion. Usual booking terms and conditions apply (seehttps://www.cheaptickets.com/p/info-other/legal.htm) and all bookings are subject to availability. For complete terms and conditions, visit https://www.cheaptickets.com/g/rf/touchdown-18percent-coupon-terms.

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