The Miami Hurricanes have not played against the Florida Gators since 2008. Their Week 2 matchup come fall is most likely going to be their last for quite some time.
The potential last regular season meeting ever between the two rivals has already proven to be a tough ticket. According to CBS Sports, single-game tickets to the highly anticipated contest have completely sold out. Secondary market tickets on StubHub are currently going for $100 for nosebleeds (not cheap) all the way up to $600 for club level (a month’s rent and then some for an actual college student).
However, those prices may be worth it. The Canes and Gators faced off every year between 1938 and 1987, competing for the right to hoist the Seminole War Canoe Trophy as victors within this in-state battle. However, the teams have only faced off five times in the 26 years since, with only three of those games actually being scheduled (two more were bowl games).
Miami athletic director Blake James has made it very clear that the extremely rare scheduling will continue into the future.
“This is a game that’s been on the schedule and we’re thrilled to be hosting them in South Florida,” James said. “With that said, I haven’t spoken with Jeremy or the University of Florida about future games, and I don’t know how it would fit into their schedule or fit into ours right now. There hasn’t been any conversation, and there isn’t anything on the schedule for the future.”
Ready for a fun fact? According to Michael Casagrande, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Hurricanes haven’t recorded a full sellout since Florida State’s visit in 2010.
That is a long time to go between packed houses. The Gators are kicking off against Miami at noon, a notoriously tough time slot to get people out to the stadium.
Of course, it would be great to see this game scheduled more often. Obviously fans are willing to shell out the big bucks to go, even for this very early kickoff.