Point/Counterpoint | Are Hawkeye season football tickets worth the price?

Opinions Columnist Shahab Khan and Opinions Editor Sophia Meador debate the value of Hawkeye season football tickets.

October 11, 2022


Hawkeye football is not fun to watch given its struggles on offense and difficult schedule. For that reason, I could see a lot of University of Iowa students who are not the most diehard Hawkeye question why they let their friends convince them to buy student football tickets.

Let me be the first to tell you those student tickets were worth it, and you should go out of your way to purchase more next year. Even if you do not care about Iowa Hawkeye football, it is absolutely imperative that you get season football tickets simply because they are a lucrative money-making opportunity.

The cost for student tickets is $165 for seven home games, a number that at first seems high. However, when one stops and thinks about the resale value of these tickets, there is an opportunity to make some real cash.

For example, tickets for the Iowa-Michigan home game sold for as much as $100 each. For Iowa-Iowa State, some students I knew sold their tickets for $150 — almost the price they paid for the seven home tickets in the first place.

In short, if a student places their ticket on resale markets, then that student would see astronomical profits and have spending money they could use on themselves. Even if you want to go to one or two games with your friends and sell the rest of your tickets, you will make a killer profit off sales. So even if you despise football, you can buy season tickets and sell them.


The fear of missing out, commonly known as FOMO, is a point of distress for college students.

Because of this, you may feel obligated to buy season tickets for Hawkeye football and attend each game. But experiencing the thrill of Hawkeye football is not exclusive to Kinnick Stadium.

Last year, I bought season tickets and went to a whopping one game. After standing for hours in a packed, loud, and sweaty student section, I decided I had enough of Hawkeye football at Kinnick Stadium. I sold the rest of my tickets and called it quits for the year.

Although I’m happy to say I’ve been to at least one Hawkeye football game, I stand my ground that season tickets are not worth the cost. There are better ways to watch the Hawkeyes during game day.

Sports bars in Iowa City, like Sports Column, Mickey’s, DC’s Sports Bar and Pints Iowa City, are the place to be during gameday. Instead of standing for hours in the student section, you can watch the game while dining on greasy food and adult beverages.

The most popular way to spend gameday is tailgating in the parking lot of Kinnick Stadium. Fortunately, you don’t need season tickets to tailgate, which is what everyone enjoys the most anyway. With cornhole, grilling, and loud music, you’re not missing out on anything.

Personally, I will be watching the Hawkeye home game from the comfort of my home. No matter where you go, there is no wrong to place to cheer on the Hawkeyes on game-day.

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