Fans can still purchase tickets to Super Bowl XLIX, but they won't come cheap. With 12 days remaining until the Seattle Seahawks face the New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, the average ticket price at TiqIq.com is $4,174.50.
TiqIq.com, which aggregates tickets being sold on the secondary market, lists seats that are being priced as high as $11,635. The cheapest ticket can be had for $1,873. The least expensive seats can be purchased in the 400 level, where many tickets are listed between $2,000 and $3,000. The cheapest 100 level ticket can be had for $2,548.
While it probably isn’t advisable for most fans to purchase tickets on game day, buying a ticket hours before kickoff time can potentially save fans a lot of money. Last year, the average game day ticket sold for $2,567, which is much lower than the 2014 average price of $4,064. However, that may have had to do with the cold weather of last year's game at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
Super Bowl parking at University of Phoenix Stadium will cost even more than a ticket for many regular season games. The cheapest parking pass on TiqIq.com is going for $102.
When accounting for just the least expensive ticket, and the least expensive parking pass, the lowest amount to pay for watching the 2015 Super Bowl in person would be $1,975, based on TiqIq.com figures.
Seattle fans who are trying to see their team win a second straight championship in person should be used to paying a lot of money to watch the Seahawks. The Seahawks entered the season with the highest home ticket price on the secondary market, with an average listed price of $394.85 per game.
New England’s secondary market ticket prices weren’t as high as Seattle’s, but season-ticket holders for the Patriots paid more than any fans around the league. The average price of $122 per seat ranked first among all 32 teams in the 2014 NFL season. Seattle was at the bottom half of the league, offering tickets for an average of $80.77. Both teams went 9-1 at home this season, including the playoffs.
Having New England in the Super Bowl may have hurt the demand for tickets. According to SeatGeek, ticket prices for the Super Bowl began to drop when it became clear that the Patriots would beat the Indianapolis Colts.
"As the Patriots started to pull away during the game on Sunday, that's when the price drop started to accelerate," SeatGeek’s Connor Gregoire, said via cnn.com. Gregoire blamed the ticket prices on "Patriots Super Bowl Fatigue."
The Patriots will be going to their eighth Super Bowl since 1986. The Colts have only been to two Super Bowls in that span.
The asking price in 2015 ($4,174.50) is slightly up from the 2014 game ($4,064). This year's ticket prices are more than the asking price of any Super Bowl in recent years, as tickets were going for an average of $3,083 in 2013, $3,646 in 2012 and $4,062 in 2011.
When the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the inaugural Super Bowl, fans who got the most expensive seats paid just $12 to see the game. Nearly 62,000 people saw the game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, in what would be the smallest crowd in the game’s history.