As kickoff for Super Bowl 50 creeps ever closer, the prices for tickets and parking passes to watch the AFC’s Denver Broncos take on the NFC’s Carolina Panthers have dipped slightly but still remain very expensive for the average NFL fan.
While the average ticket price hovered between $4,000 and $5,000 last week, a time when resellers in the secondary-market typically set prices quite high, now fans can find seats at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, for $1,000 cheaper.
According to popular secondary ticket market site SeatGeek.com, seats are available for as low as $3,099 for a spot on the high 400 level of the stadium and cost as much as $287,000 for a suite that could seat 22 people and includes a view of one of the end-zone goal lines as well as access to an open bar and catered food.
SeatGeek also rates the best deals available, and many fall in the $3,600 to $4,500 range, with another four-seat deal rated as “great” for $7,933 a pop and a view of the Broncos sideline on the 30-yard line.
If those prices seem high, consider they’ve actually slipped compared to last week’s figures. According to the San Jose Mercury-News, the average price was hovering in the $4,800 to $5,000 range, and though this year’s game could be the most expensive in history, the cost has dived by $1,000 a ticket over last two weeks.
However, the cost of attending the Super Bowl is still 60 percent higher than the average price of attending a regular season NFL game.
Still, the Super Bowl has gradually become perhaps the most expensive ticket in any major sport. Over the last five years the average cost per ticket as nearly doubled from more than $3,600 in 2011 to at one point more than $6,000 this year.
Those hoping to score a ticket at the last minute can also search StubHub and the NFL’s Ticket Exchange site, and both could provide solid deals, but chances are fans will have to shell out big bucks in order to attend.
The game is scheduled to begin at roughly 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.