If you’ve ever wanted to go to a Super Bowl, but balked at the price of Super Bowl tickets, this may be your year – especially if you’re willing to wait until the last minute.
Several factors could lead to low prices for Super Bowl tickets on the secondary market. As with any other commodity, the price of a ticket to the Super Bowl is determined by supply and demand. Indicators suggest that the demand for regular seats may be considerably lower this year than normal. By contrast, demand – and prices – for high end suites is expected to be up, with some suites currently listing for more than $1 Million on the secondary market.
One reason demand for suites is up and demand for regular seating is down for the big game between the AFC champion Denver Broncos and the NFC’s Seattle Seahawks is that the game is going to be played in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Read: It’s going to be cold. Furthermore, there’s the very real possibility of snowfall. According to The Weather Channel, it’s too early to predict potential snowfall on Super Bow Sunday, but signs point to the potential for a snow event for the East Coast over the weekend.
If the forecast calls for heavy snow for the first Super Bowl held in an outdoor stadium in a cold weather market, the NFL could reschedule the game to Saturday, Monday or Tuesday. If that happens, there could be an influx of tickets available on the secondary market from ticket holders unable or unwilling to change their travel schedules.
As it stands, Super Bowl tickets are sold at face values from $500 to $2,600. Most of the tickets are sold by the NFL – mainly to corporate partners and sponsors – and by the various NFL teams – mostly to season ticket holders through a lottery system. The NFL has also made 1,000 tickets available to fans at large through a lottery system. If you’re lucky enough to have your number drawn, you can watch the game for $500.
The chances of scoring one of the 12,000 Super Bowl tickets Reuters reports are on the secondary market are considerably better – and considerably pricier. According to Time Business & Money, the cheapest Super Bowl tickets available on the secondary market were going for $1,925 on Wednesday. The average ticket price was around $3,400 – down from over $4,000 earlier in the week.
Fans who want to score a great deal of Super Bowl tickets may want to hold off as long as they can. According to a Bloomberg report, secondary market experts expect the price of Super Bowl tickets to drop to around $1,500 before game day. They suggest that prices may go even lower if the the weather doesn’t look like it’s going to play nice. Fans who don’t mind watching the game in the wind and snow could get the deal of a lifetime on Super Bowl tickets.