Sales of NFL tickets have gone down for the last 3 years, but boy, are they still in demand.
Both face value and secondary market prices have reached all time highs.
For the 2015 season, the average resale ticket price for a Seattle Seahawks home game was $438 (!!).
So before you go online to buy your tickets, here are 5 things you should know:
1. Ticket prices are expensive. Real expensive. With an average face value cost of $85.83, it’s the most expensive of the major North American sports. With an average of $214 on the secondary market, resale ticket prices are uber expensive.
2. Resale ticket prices are always changing. Factors such as team standing, opponent, and weather can cause prices on the secondary market to fluctuate wildly over the course of a 16-game season.
3. Secondary market ticket prices are fixed. You buy a ticket, it’s yours to do, or sell, as you wish… you know, free market and all, right? Wrong. For certain teams, the NFL TicketExchange prevents a ticket from being sold below the face value, thereby setting a price floor, but not a ceiling (of course).
4. Season tickets (might be) a good value. If you already attend several games a year and you’re able to share the cost with 1 or 2 people, then this could be the cheapest (per game) solution & best value. I reiterate, it could be, if we’re talking about one of the 19 teams that sell season passes for $500 or less.
But, what if one of those 19 is also one of the 17 teams that require a PSL (Personal Seat License). PSLs can
cost anywhere from several hundred to several thousands of dollars - even tens of thousands. And that’s
not all - 16 teams have waiting lists of up to 30 years.*
To sum it up, there are just nine NFL teams that sell season tickets for under $500 that don’t require a PSL and don’t have a waiting list. So if you’re a avid fan of one of these teams, then yes, a season pass could be well worth the money.
5. It’s almost impossible to buy tickets at face value. Mind you, I’m not referring to meaningless late-season contests between losing teams, I’m talking about the games that create buyer frenzies, such as the Green Bay at Denver matchup of the 2015 season, where the cheapest pair of seats went for $405 on the secondary market.
If you think that you can avoid such ridiculous prices and bypass the resale market by buying directly from the a club’s box office, you’re delusional, and here’s why.
Conclusion: While the secondary ticket market is unavoidable for the average NFL fan, you can still use the competition amongst ticket brokers to your advantage. Paying face value may be out of the question, but you can still save big if you know where & how to look…
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