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Super Bowl Ticket Prices 2017
Super Bowl price of tickets
By Angelo Montilla
Thinking of taking the family out to Super Bowl 51? Be prepared to open your wallets… Super wide.
There are several ways to score tickets leading up to the NFL’s championship game — the most common of which is through Ticketmaster, where a single seat can cost as little as $3,420 in the nosebleeds to as much as $15,000 in the lower bowl. With demand being high, ticket prices can more than often well exceed face value.
A pair of tickets in the upper level at NRG Stadium — which has a capacity of 72,220 — is more than $6,800. If you’re opting to be closer to the field, a pair of the best tickets available through Ticketmaster can cost more than $30,000 — the price of a brand new car.
Want to get the most bang for your buck? Maybe Ticketmaster’s Super Bowl 51 packages, which provides fans more than just the game action experience.
The lowest package starts at $5,799 and offers fans the opportunity to choose their specific seat within the 100-level or 600-level as well as access to designated restricted areas where NFL alumni appear throughout the night. The priciest package — tailored for the high rollers — is $11,000 and offers the best seats within the 300-club section and a 90-minute post-game VIP party including on-field access.
Believe or not, these are bargain prices from just a few weeks ago when the Dallas Cowboys were still in the playoff picture. After America’s Team were ousted at the hands of the Green Bay Packers in their NFC divisional playoff, tickets plummeted 20 percent from $4,307 to where the prices stand today.
While that is still far too rich for the every day fan, there are other options to find cheaper tickets — but not by much.
Popular online ticket exchange website Stub Hub — which is owned and operated by eBay — has Super Bowl 51 tickets ranging as low as $3,169 to as incredibly high as $19,000 for field level.
So how do these prices compare to year’s past?
Well, let’s take a trip down memory lane when a ticket to Super Bowl 1 in 1967 between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs cost a whopping $10 — the price of a bag of potato chips and a soda today. Fast-forward just more than 10 years later and a seat for Super Bowl 12 at the Louisiana Superdome was $30, the price to fill up a tank of gas in some smaller cars.
It wasn’t until Super Bowl 22 in 1988 when tickets jumped to $100 a pop — an amount at the time that was considered a steep price to pay. But still nothing compared to today’s extraordinary ticket values.
Tickets steadily increased following Super Bowl 30, when a single seat went from $200 a year prior to $350.
Tickets have nearly doubled from a year ago when a single seat for Super Bowl 50 went for $1,750.
No matter how you cut it, attending Super Bowl 51 is going to cost a pretty penny — far more than the every day fan can afford.
Perhaps the next best thing is catching the game on your big screen with all your friends.
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