Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs will face the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII, after a dramatic late field goal secured the Chiefs a 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
They gained revenge after shockingly losing in overtime to the Bengals in the AFC Championship game last season, and will now appear at their third Super Bowl in four years. It promises to be an enthralling showpiece encounter, after the Eagles beat San Francisco 49ers 31-7 to secure a clash between two teams who both finished the regular season with a 14-3 record.
But now we know the finalists, those wanting to see the game in person will have to dig deep into their pockets to get hold of the hottest ticket in town. Super Bowl LVII is being held at the Cardinals' State Farm Stadium in Arizona, which can be expanded to have a total capacity of 73,000.
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Despite that healthy capacity, demand still clearly outweighs supply and that’s why tickets for this year’s Super Bowl start at an eye-watering $5,900 on official resale site TicketMaster. That’s almost six grand for an afternoon at the game, before you add in the cost of travel, hotels and food.
It’s not a good ticket either, you’ll be way up in the gods on the top tier of the State Farm, with a near birds-eye view of the action. Homes in the area are being listed on Booking.com starting at around $2000 for the night of the game, so if you are after a family trip you'd better be rich.
Tickets in the arena shoot up in price as you get closer to the pitch. You’ll usually pay around $15,000 to sit on the lower tier, but if you want to sit in the plush second tier, it will cost you up to $18,600. The most expensive regular tickets though, on row two, right by the pitch, are listed at $35k each!
It’s a remarkable price for American football’s showpiece event, and the ticket prices have shot up dramatically over the past decade. In the first Super Bowl in 1967, tickets cost $12, or just over $100 in today’s money adjusted for inflation. By 2000, that was $375 ($552), but by 2010 we had hit the $1000 ($1342) mark.
Even so, the last five years have been ridiculous. In 2018 you could pay $2500 for the cheapest ticket. Now you are looking at more than double that as the prices completely spiral out of control. It shows no sign of stopping either. In some places you can already reserve ticket packages for next season’s Super Bowl Super Bowl LVIII next year at Allegiant Stadium, for $5,000.
So when does it end? And are regular Americans truly forking out for this? If you are a die-hard Chiefs fan, your wallet must shudder every time they reach the Super Bowl. Attending all three Super Bowls they’ve made in the last four years would have cost you around $13,000 in tickets alone.
It’s clear that the fans are just being fleeced once again, but with the high demand, the prices will only go up. It won’t be long before the cheapest seats to see the Super Bowl start at $10k.
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