Pitt-PSU: The hottest ticket in town

Are you looking for tickets for this weekend’s Pitt-Penn State game? Well, you’re not alone.

The ticket for the non-conference game is, without a doubt, the hottest ticket since last year’s Whiteout game against Ohio State. That game, of course, was a thrilling 24-21 Penn State victory. It is considered the signature win of head coach James Franklin’s short tenure in Happy Valley.

Pitt defeated Penn State, 42-39, last season at Heinz Field. This year, the scene shifts to Happy Valley.

Pitt visits at 3:30 on Saturday afternoon. The game is sold out, but there are tickets out there – but you might have to break the piggy bank to get ‘em.

It’s only Tuesday, so there is time to get tickets. If you don’t have a family member, a friend or a co-worker who is willing to part with their tickets, here are your best options:

www.ticketmaster.com – Ticketmaster is the lone certified re-sale ticket site. If you want to be certain that your tickets are legit, this is the site. As of Tuesday morning, tickets ranged from $130 to $1,083, plus ticketing fees.

www.stubhub.com – StubHub is a reputable ticket site. As of Tuesday morning, tickets ranged from $120 to more than $1,000. If you are ordering tickets from StubHub, make sure to give yourself plenty of time as most are hard tickets and will have to be sent via UPS.

www.seatgeek.com – SeatGeek works a lot like StubHub. Tickets tend to start a little higher, and there are service fees, of course. As of Tuesday morning, tickets on SeatGeek ranged from $153 to $1,099.

www.vividseats.com – VividSeats is the latest site to join the re-sale ticket game. As of Tuesday morning, tickets on VividSeats ranged from $152 to $947.

www.craigslist.org – In the “for sale” section of Craigslist, there is a tickets section. As of Tuesday morning, there were several entries for Pitt-Penn State tickets. While some of the ads listed firm ticket prices, others simply said “best offer.” Buyer beware: These tickets are not certified re-sale tickets, so buy at your own risk.

Scalpers – If you are willing to wait until gameday, there will be a plethora of scalpers roaming the streets around Beaver Stadium. Curtin Road is good place to go, as is Park Avenue. Tread carefully, though: There were a lot of fakes circulating for Ohio State last season. If you buy fakes and can’t get into the stadium, you’re out of cash – and out of luck.

If you are on the hunt … good luck!

If you have tickets to the games and are looking for hotels, there are plenty of options out there. Here are just some of those options:

Penn State Hospitality – The Nittany Lion Inn is a Penn State landmark and the Penn State Conference Center is a modern hotel with personalized service and an attention to detail. For more information about Penn State Hospitality Services, please visit www.pshs.psu.edu.

Happy Valley VIP – Looking for discounted hotels and retailers? Happy Valley VIP is the place to go. Some of the hotels featured include Toftrees, Fairfield Inns and Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn and Spring Hill Suites. Visit www.happyvalleyvip.com for more information.

Lion Country Lodging – Lion Country Lodging features several hotels in the State College area. Need a place to stay on a football weekend? Consider Hilton Garden Inn, Days Inn Penn State, Carnegie Inn and Spa, Quality Inn, Super 8 and the Nittany Budget Motel. If you're looking for fine dining, consider Gigi's Southern Table and the Carnegie House Restaurant. For more information on Lion Country Lodging, visit www.lioncountrylodging.com.



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