Going to the Super Bowl Will Cost You

People don't seem tired of seeing the Patriots play.

Associated Press

Associated Press

Every year, the price for Super Bowl tickets on the secondary market acts as a metric for how much interest there is in attending the game. This year, watching the Patriots play is going to cost you quite a bit. According to ticket sales site TiqIQ, the average price for Super Bowl XLIX tickets on the secondary market Tuesday was $5,725.27. According to Forbes, that’s actually lower than tickets were at their peak on Sunday, but still higher than in most years. The get-in price, meanwhile, was at about $3,500 and expected to rise.

Maybe this surprises you. It surprised many of those who predicted that the Patriots-Seahawks matchup would lead to slightly deflated prices. (Yes, the “ticket deflation” joke has already been made more than a few times this week, so we’ll just stop you there.) Indeed, for a few days after the AFC and NFC championship games, ticket prices remained sort of cheap (in the world of Superbowl ticket prices, anyway.) Perhaps it would be an inexpensive Super Bowl, people thought, due to “fan fatigue.” The Seahawks won last year, so a lot of the fans who would be inclined to go to the Super Bowl just did. It’s also the Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl appearance of the Belichick era, and come on, we can’t be dropping $10,000 year after year.

But of course, the football going public does not tire that easily, and this is expected to be a great game. There’s no real favorite to win. And the event itself has been in the national news since the Ballghazi/Deflategate scandal started making waves. And so, ticket prices rose steadily until this weekend and have remained higher than in past years. If you were hoping to go on a whim, prepare to pay dearly for it.