Traffic on rise, costs for BCS tickets decline

Here’s the latest when it comes to parking, traffic and tickets for Monday’s BCS National Championship Game at Sun Life Stadium:

Heavy traffic is expected Monday between noon and 9 p.m., and drivers are advised to avoid I-95 northbound lanes between downtown Miami and the Golden Glades interchange, where congestion is expected near the stadium. Local commuters are advised to discuss the possibility of leaving work early with their employers.

Unless you have a ticket, you will be turned away from parking at Sun Life Stadium, and those with tickets are encouraged to arrive early and seek alternate routes to I-95/Florida Turnpike when traveling to the game, which is set for an 8:30 p.m. kickoff.

Cash lots at Sun Life Stadium will open at noon and offsite cash lots within walking distance of the Stadium include Calder Race Track on the north side (off NW 27th Ave/University Drive); Betty T. Ferguson Park and Brentwood Elementary on the west side (NW 32nd Ave); and Norwood Elementary School (NW 14th Court), Norland High School and Norland Middle School (NW 12th Ave.) on the east side. Betty T. Ferguson will open at noon, Calder at 2 p.m. and the four schools will open at 3 p.m.

But here’s some good news: Tickets on the secondary market have dropped, according to Chris Matcovich, senior director of data and communications for TiqIQ, a ticket market aggregator in New York.

There are currently 4,200 tickets available, with the cheapest ones going for $923, down 48.72 percent since the Southeastern Conference title game last month ($1,800). The average ticket price of $1,730.07 is also down 41.86 percent from a month ago — that’s cheaper than the past two BCS title games. A year ago, the average ticket price for Alabama-LSU was $1,918.32. In 2011, tickets were $3,226.70 for Oregon-Auburn.

“At some point you have to pay for hotel, food, everything else that goes along with it,” Matcovich said. “When you see that happening, you’re going to pay a certain amount for a ticket. Fans didn’t see that window and prices started to drop after the SEC title game and have continued to drop and will continue to drop until game time.”

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