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CFB: Northwestern at Minnesota

2 November 2008 No Comment

We arrived at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome around 9:30 am. Just enough time to tailgate before the 11 am start. We paid $7 to park and walked a few blocks to Chicago Ave and 3rd St. S – one of the lots that allow fans to tailgate.

Obtaining Tickets
At 10:40 am, we decided to start looking for tickets. My plan was to pay about $10 each for tickets. The same price I would expect to pay for a non-sold out game at Ryan Field in Evanston, IL. What I did not realize was that Minnesota legalized ticket scalping on August 1, 2007. The scalpers were now able to hawk their tickets in plain site without worrying about repercussions. I believe this kept the secondary market price higher than I would have expected. In addition, a lot of fans buying tickets from scalpers since the seats were better than what the box office had available.

With the cheapest tickets at the window costing $30 each, we at least had some negotiating power. However, we looked for tickets for about 30 minutes before finally purchasing two ($45 face value) tickets for $25 each.

The Game
Northwestern defeated Minnesota 24-17 when Brendan Smith returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown with 12 seconds left in the game. Mike Kafka shattered Zak Kustok’s quarterback rushing record of 115 yards in 2001 with a 227 yard rushing performance.

Post Game Tailgate
After the game most Northwestern fans continued tailgating in the same lot where we pre game tailgated.

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