Super Bowl ticket prices have gone up 614% in the last 20 years…
But that’s not the only reason I’m willing to bet that you’ve never bought Superbowl tickets.
The meager availability means that even if you’re willing to pay the ridiculous cost, you may never get the opportunity.
Where do all the tickets go? I’m glad you asked…
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 stand any real chance of getting Superbowl tickets.
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So if you don’t own season passes and you want to buy Superbowl tickets, you can either:
According to TiqIQ, the average price for a ticket to Super Bowl 50 was $4841 on the secondary market.
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 Superbowl 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, it could be a gamble well worth taking.
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