Megan Boyer was frantic for MU-KU football tickets Friday.
She posted a message on craigslist.org that went like this: “Someone please, for the love of everything holy, I need tickets to this game, but I don’t want to take out a loan to buy them.”
It was the sixth or seventh ad on Craigslist for Boyer, 28, who works for the Honors College at MU. She said she didn’t buy tickets early enough.
“I love MU football,” Boyer said, but she’s not willing to pay more than $200 for a pair of tickets.
The Nov. 24 match-up at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City sold out more than a month ago at KU, MU and stadium box offices. A ticket online is now going for $400 and up.
The sellout has generated a hot resale market on ticket-trading Web sites, including eBay, Facebook and Craigslist in Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis.
On the Craiglist-Columbia site Friday, prospective buyers had posted 22 ads for the month and nine offered tickets for sale.
On the Kansas City site, Thursday and Friday listings alone numbered 39 ads from sellers and 10 from buyers.
“WTB: MU-KU @ Arrowhead. Pls Save my Marriage,” read one Craigslist post.
“I thought surely one of the teams would have blown it by now and we’d be able to find decent-priced tickets, but I’m starting to get worried.”
Although most tickets were selling in the $500 to $600 range Friday, one seller was asking $1,000 per ticket for a pair of seventh-row seats. The highest price found on eBay was $1,700 for two front-row tickets.
Those lucky or smart enough to nail tickets early paid a face-value price of $30.
“People call every day asking for tickets,” said Kelly Barnes, an event coordinator for Arrowhead Stadium. “I just have to tell them they’re sold out.”
In Columbia, MU students are scrambling for seats to what’s billed as the “Game of the Century” in online ads. However, fans are discouraged by scalpers who are selling tickets at prices many students cannot afford.
“I don’t really think it’s right, but people do it,” MU sophomore Ryan Corey said. “People are just ridiculous with that kind of stuff. I’m excited to go see it.”
He used listings on Facebook’s Marketplace, similar to Craigslist, to find extra tickets for friends. His own ticket cost $10 — he bought it as an All Sports Pass holder.
“It’s a good deal, I’m glad Mizzou has something like it that makes it affordable to go to games,” he said.
Jason Michael of St. Louis sold tickets to an MU student after receiving five to 10 inquiries a day.
“I posted them on Craigslist and started at $325 — offers just kept going up.”
He said wasn’t surprised that interest ramped up with team success. In early October, he said, a pair of tickets was selling for $50.
“I went to MU for three years — I’m used to bad football from when I was down there,” he said. “I’m used to the atmosphere and demand for tickets when they play good.”
MU student Eric Ortmann bought his ticket with the sports pass and sold it Friday on Craigslist for $500 to a buyer from Independence.
“I kind of feel bad for people who really want to go and can’t afford it,” said Ortmann, who plans to be away for Thanksgiving break.
“But when people can pay that much, it’s hard to find someone selling low when they know how much they can make.”