TCU football will play in one of its biggest regular-season games in recent memory when the Horned Frogs face the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sept. 15, 2018.
The showdown of two teams that were part of a heated college football playoff debate in 2014, with the Buckeyes controversially edging the Horned Frogs for the final spot, will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas — dubbed the AdvoCare Showdown.
TCU and Ohio State had originally planned for a home-and-home series from 2018-19, but it was announced last year the series would be replaced with the single game this September. Naturally, that news came as a disappointment for Horned Frogs fans who anticipated the chance to see the 2014 national champions pay a visit to Amon G. Carter Stadium, and the chance to see TCU play in Columbus, Ohio.
That disappointment has now turned into frustration for ticket holders upon learning the ticket prices for the game, which start at $100 for the upper deck of AT&T Stadium and $50 for students. The game in Fort Worth was originally part of the season ticket package, and free for TCU students, before the switch was made to Arlington.
— Damon Hickman (@DamonRHickman) April 5, 2018
Some fans took to Twitter to voice their frustration over the matter.
So basically I have until May 18 to decide whether my interest in seeing TCU play Ohio State outweighs my disappointment over switching the home-and-home to a one-off that sticks it to season ticket holders.
— Great Davey's Ghost (@Ace_Gagnon) April 5, 2018
Want to know how TCU makes more money by moving games to AT&T Stadium? From a part of the season ticket package, to $100 minimum per ticket. https://t.co/suDa05sP2a
— Frogs O' War (@FrogsOWar) April 5, 2018
Those prices are crazy even in the nose bleed section, shouldn’t have moved the game to Jerry World. As an alum, season ticket holder and a with a family we won’t be going out priced. @JDonati_TCU
— Caroline Tabor (@tabor_caroline) April 5, 2018
Sweet mother of francis. This was a home and home, INCLUDED in our season tickets, and then this happens. What a trash basket full of manure https://t.co/1oB0WGgyC5
— MK says (@yellmk) April 5, 2018
Others were just simply caught off guard by the high starting prices…
No dog in the fight but it's pretty sad that TCU students have to pay $50 for this "home game" https://t.co/tunaaaLmmP
— kbehr68 (@KBehr68) April 5, 2018
Can someone buy me a ticket to the Ohio State vs TCU game in September as a bday gift? 🙁
— Ashlie Zinolli (@ashzinolli91) April 5, 2018
Is it actually better for TCU that the game is at AT&T Stadium? How is the revenue from this game split up… a/k/a what is TCU's cut?
I'm concerned at how expensive these ticket prices are… So I would hope that it is better for TCU.
— Gus (@GusTcu) April 5, 2018
At the end of the day, the move from the home-and-home series to a single game is not hard to understand, at least from a financial standpoint. Nonetheless, many fans who hoped to see coaches Gary Patterson and Urban Meyer finally meet on the same field may no longer be afforded that opportunity.