Less than 30% ever do.
As you might have guessed, cost is a major reason why:
Secondary market ticket prices for last season's big game (Super Bowl LI) started at $2200 for seats that list at $850 face value.
So if you’ve ever wondered, “Can I get a Super Bowl seat at face value?”, the answer is… yes.
But cost isn’t the only issue - Super Bowl tickets are super scarce.
75% of the tickets are distributed to the 32 NFL organizations and its fans. Each organization in turn, distributes the tickets amongst its employees, and the rest are allocated to season ticket holders.
For the purposes of this discussion, I’m going to use 190 as the estimated number of team employees (including players), 50,000 for the number of season ticket holders, and 70,000 as the number of available seats.
While it was reported that each player in Super Bowl 50 received 15 tickets each, it’s less clear as to how many are given to front office employees. So let’s say that 15 of the high-level execs and the 25-member coaching staff are each given 4, and the remaining 110 employees get 2 apiece. The total would be 980, leaving 11,270 for season ticket holders. I’m also guessing that players for the 30 non-participating teams don’t get 15 tickets, so let’s knock the total down to about 540 for those organizations.
So here’s the breakdown:
Yep, that’s right - each & every year, the season pass holders of 3 teams are really the only fans that have a chance to buy Super Bowl tickets.
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So if you don’t own season passes and you want to buy Super Bowl tickets, you can either:
How much are Super Bowl tickets on the resale market? According to TiqIQ, the average price for a ticket to Super Bowl 50 was $4841 on the secondary market.
Who needs lotteries or season tickets when you’ve got Ticket Score?
In a nutshell:
From the point that you opt in, you pay the buy-in price every calendar week until the date of the big game. So if you decided to buy in to the Denver Broncos (Zone 1) in late August of 2014, your opt-in price would have been $21/week or $420 ($21 x 20) total. Imagine that… 400 bucks for Super Bowl tickets!
Even if you chose to opt in at week 7 of that year, your total cost of $1014 ($78 x 13) was just about what you would have paid for a face value ticket, and on a weekly plan no less.
Basically, it’s a gamble - opt in early & get a great price or wait too long and lose out completely. And of course if your team of choice fails to go all the way, you lose whatever you've paid.
But with Super Bowl ticket prices nearing $5K these days, this is the best site for Super Bowl tickets and is a gamble well worth taking.
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