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Home Away from Home

Kevin Noonan | Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Looking forward to going to Soldier Field in Chicago this fall to see your Fighting Irish battle Miami? Good luck. It’s going to cost you more than that one time you pulled out your credit card at Finny’s.

It’s a home game for Notre Dame, right? This school has so many kids from Chicago and just outside Chicago that South Bend could be easily be considered one of those annoyingly defined “suburbs” of the Windy City (for the record, I live in one of the larger southwest suburbs of Chicago, also known as Kansas City).

Despite the fact that this is technically a home game, despite the fact that Soldier Field isn’t much more than a two-hour train ride away and despite the fact that half of the student body calls Chi-town home, students will only have access to 288 tickets at face value.

If you didn’t win the ticket lottery Tuesday, open up that wallet. There are still tickets available on websites like stubhub.com, and you can snag a nosebleed seat for only $170 if you jump on it right now.

Try to sit any closer, though, and don’t expect anything below $500. The game is still three weeks away, and some tickets are already going for upwards of $1000.

I’m not saying anybody could have or should have done anything differently, or that anyone in the University could have gotten students more tickets, but the whole thing is just a bit ridiculous.

Take a look below to see the illustrated effect of what the student section will look like at the “home game” versus Miami compared to a normal ND game.