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Just a year removed from hosting Super Bowl XLVIII, the allure of a New York City Super Bowl is apparently less desirable than imagined. This year’s game will be held at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, where Super Bowl tickets are significantly more expensive than the title game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium last February.
It will be a scene all too familiar to New York fans – Tom Brady marching through the playoffs and playing late-January ball while Jets and Giants players hit the links following another unsalvageable season. The 37-year-old will now face the youth of a dominant Seahawks team led by Russell Wilson. Don’t expect to get in cheap, however, as Super Bowl tickets on TiqIQ now have an average price of $4,260.21.
Last year’s game finished with an average price of $3,375.88 on the secondary market. That makes this year 26% more expensive than the final price from last season. The current average price is 7.5% above the average listed price for Super Bowl tickets last year.
The game’s cheapest seat this year is listed at $1,850, which is for a 400s Level Endzone ticket. Such exorbitant prices are considerably higher than last year, where the average price for Super Bowl XLVIII tickets was $3,375.88, marking a price jump of 26.2% on the secondary market for this year’s game in Arizona. Super Bowl XLVIII’s get-in price was $1,278, which makes this year’s cheapest seat 44.7% more expensive than last year.
In last year’s Super Bowl, Wilson’s Seahawks routed the Broncos in a lopsided game in East Rutherford, torching Denver’s defense for 48 points. They return to the NFL’s biggest stage in two weeks to compete for their second consecutive Super Bowl title, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since Brady’s Patriots repeated in 2003 and 2004.
On the other side of the field, Brady and head coach Bill Belichick enter their sixth Super Bowl together and hope to claim their elusive fourth ring when they touch down in Arizona next week. As he enters the twilight of his career, Brady has been hell-bent on hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at least once more, failing in his last two attempts in 2008 and 2012.
Excitement has grown so much over the last several days that the average price to this season’s Super Bowl is now higher than the Patriots’ last appearance against the Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2012. That year, the average price for Super Bowl XLVI tickets was $4,214.53 and get-in price was $2,325 on the secondary market. Of the past five Super Bowls TiqIQ has tracked, Super Bowl XLVI had the highest average price.
The Patriots-Seahawks rivalry is a rather short one. The teams have met just 16 times in 37 seasons and have never played in the postseason. The series is tied at 8-8, making Super Bowl XLIX quite the way to implement a lead change. They last met in October of 2012, where the Seahawks took a close 24-23 victory over the Patriots at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
February 1 will mark the 49th installment of the Super Bowl Game, and it has every chance to be a modern classic. As the Legion of Boom looks to keep New England out of the endzone, more than 65,000 are expected to be on hand when the game kicks off at University of Phoenix Stadium.