By Ken Roberts
Tuscaloosa News City Editor

Heavy demand for Alabama-LSU tickets has pushed the average resale price to nearly $500, according to an online ticket marketplace.

The average price of an Alabama-LSU ticket is $494, according to SeatGeek. That makes this game the fourth-highest priced college football matchup of 2019, behind Notre Dame-Georgia ($652), LSU-Texas (580) and Oklahoma-Texas ($551).

SeatGeek says that the average Alabama-LSU ticket sold since this past weekend was $556, which means that demand is increasing. Right now, SeatGeek says fans can get in the door for around $370 a ticket, which includes fees.

In the past week, SeatGeek says it has seen prospective buyers from 40 of the 50 states, with Alabama (23 percent), Georgia (15 percent), and Louisiana (12 percent) leading the way.

The ticket prices still have a ways to go to top the Nov. 5, 2011, Alabama-LSU game, which features the No. 1 ranked Tigers against the No. 2 ranked Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Tickets for that game, billed as “The Game of The Century,” averaged $681.

LSU won the 2011 regular game by a 9-6 score in overtime. The two teams met again in the post-season on Jan. 9, 2012, in the BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans with Alabama winning 21-0 to earn the school’s 14th national championship in football.

Saturday’s game will kick off at 2:30 p.m. with CBS televising. LSU is ranked No. 1 in the AP poll and No. 2 in the coaches poll, while Alabama is ranked No. 2 in the AP poll and No. 1 in the coaches poll.