Kent Lawrence, a football star for the University of Georgia in the late 1960s, is headed this week to South Bend, Ind., for a football game with a high profile team inside a legendary stadium.
“We’re pumped up about it. There seems to be a large group headed toward South Bend and Notre Dame Stadium,” the retired Clarke County State Court judge said Tuesday. “I think a lot of people are just interested in seeing the stadium.”
UGA takes on Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and the stadium — known for its view of “Touchdown Jesus” on a nearby building — is expected to be full.
Lawrence and his wife, Karlene, have known for months that they will go to the game, but people just now trying to purchase tickets for the sold out event through sources outside the two schools will find tickets expensive.
StubHub, a business that sells sporting and entertainment tickets online, is offering tickets from a low of $425 to two tickets offered for an exaggerated price of $19,500 each.
Ticket prices are set by each individual, according to a response from StubHub when asked about this high price.
“It is very common where sellers list at an extreme price because they do not want to sell their tickets just yet, so you may see that price drop within the next couple days,” StubHub said.
Most tickets are offered in the $425 to mid $500 range, but this is in comparison to the following game in Athens, where a low of $27 is offered for one ticket to the Samford University game. Many tickets are available in the $50 to $60 range.
Lawrence said he has never been to a game at Notre Dame.
“When we found out we had an opportunity to go we just said, ‘Let’s do it,’” he said.
In 2003, Lawrence was inducted into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame for his 149 rushing yards in a win over Southern Methodist University in 1966. At the induction, he was able to meet with Notre Dame legend Joe Theismann, who was also inducted.
“He was nice. I didn’t really know him, but I was in that group of people going in at the time,” Lawrence recalled.
Lawrence has plans to tailgate during the afternoon at the stadium, but expects a good game even though he was disappointed at losing starting quarterback Jacob Eason to a leg injury.
“I’m happy to see the stadium,” he said. “I’ve heard so much about it.”