Football is king in the state of Oklahoma.
And local fans are willing to shell out their hard-earned cash to prove it.
This season's Bedlam game between Oklahoma State and Oklahoma in Stillwater is the most expensive single-game adult ticket in the nation, according to a survey conducted by The Oregonian. The $125 face-value price is $15 more than the $110 face value price for the Red River Shootout between OU and Texas in Dallas.
While the face-value price of a ticket is a good indicator of the demand for the ticket, it is not a true indicator of the actual cost of the ticket as several schools require donations on top of the face value price.
For example, this season's edition of Bedlam returns as the premium game at OSU, meaning fans must purchase OSU season tickets to secure a ticket as no individual game tickets have been sold for the Nov. 27 matchup. An individual season ticket at OSU costs $479.
The premium game policy has been successful for the Cowboys athletic department as 49,031 fans attended Bedlam at Boone Pickens Stadium in 2008 and 53,012 fans attended the Georgia game (the premium game) in 2009.
At OU, a ticket to the Red River Shootout requires a $394 season ticket and a $1,300 donation in addition the $110 face-value ticket price for a total of $1,804, according to The Oregonian.
The Big 12 as a whole tops the other five BCS conferences (and Notre Dame) as the most expensive conference in terms of ticket prices. The average price for a high-demand game (i.e. most expensive ticket for a high-demand game like Bedlam or the Red River Shootout) in the Big 12 is $84.17. The Pac-10 is second at $61.90 followed by the SEC $60.50, Big Ten at $60.09, ACC at $49.33 and Big East at $45.63.
According to The Oregonian, six Big 12 schools sit atop the list of schools with the most expensive high-demand ticket price. Oklahoma State ($125), Oklahoma and Texas ($110), Texas Tech ($98), Iowa State ($90) and Kansas ($90) are the six schools with the highest single-game ticket price. Nebraska ($85) and Texas A&M ($80) join those other six Big 12 schools in the top ten.