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July 12, 2012TCU has yet to begin any kind of official practice in the newly renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium, yet its presence is already being felt financially.
Also factor in the enormous variable of joining the more regional Big 12 and it is easy to see how this will be a record-breaking season in ticket sales for TCU.
Thanks to stats from SeatGeek.com, it was found that TCU's ticket prices on the second-hand market have skyrocketed 82 percent from last season with almost two months until the first game.
TCU's home, conference game ticket prices on the second-hand market have gone up five times in amount from 2011 - $24.96 to $139.87.
Currently, three 2012 home games are averaging second-hand ticket prices higher than the benchmark of 2011, the battle against BYU in Cowboys Stadium, which went for an average of $112.63. The upcoming games surpassing that mark are led by Oklahoma, averaging $184.45 per ticket, followed by Kansas State ($121) and Texas Tech ($117).
The Oklahoma second-hand ticket value is up almost 600 percent from the most expensive conference home game of 2011, the November 19 game against Colorado State., which averaged $26.84 per ticket.
The two other games rounding out TCU's top five most expensive home games this season are Iowa State at an average of $88 per ticket and Virginia at $72.
The school's $143 million renovations to the stadium, including the renovations on the east side, will increase seating capacity from 44,358 to 45,000 with the possibility of further expiation to 50,000 in the future. Club and suite seating have also been added to the west side.
Before TCU officially joined the Big 12 July 1, TCU athletics director Chris Del Conte told those gathered in the stockyards for the Countdown in Cowtown that the school officially sold out of season tickets for the 2012 season.