January 06, 2015 15:43 ET

Distance a Major Factor in College Football Championship Purchases at

SOUTH WINDSOR, CT--(Marketwired - Jan 6, 2015) - Distance from the stadium is causing many fans of one team participating in the upcoming inaugural College Football Championship between the Oregon Ducks and Ohio State Buckeyes to stay home. Just 11% of tickets purchased on the exchange have been from Oregon residents*. In contrast, over half of all tickets purchased for the game have been by customers residing in either Ohio or in the game's host state of Texas.

"Travel is a major factor when deciding whether or not to attend such a game," said Michael Merritt, "It's more than 1,200 mi. from Oregon to Arlington, TX, as the crow flies, which is a long trip to make unless an Oregonian was either already planning to attend the game before knowing who was playing, or was willing to deal with the cost of a flight and planning a trip within two weeks of the game."

Distance as an impediment to attending a championship game has a long history. For example, before the 2013 BCS Championship Game between the Auburn Tigers and Florida State Seminoles, over 50% of ticket purchases from the exchange were placed by residents of California, the host of that year's championship game. Less than 1% of purchases were from Florida and Alabama, an indication that more complex travel plans are a major barrier to attending such a big game for fans of participating teams.

*Ticket sales data is as of 1/5/2015 10:00 a.m. EST. Trademarked names are the property of their respective owners. TicketNetwork does not claim any right or ownership to any performer or venue name, or other trademark contained in this release. These names are strictly used for descriptive purposes and do not imply an endorsement or partnership.

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