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New York: What’s it cost to attend this Super Bowl, anyway?

Published: January 27, 2014, 9:30 pm, by Paul Klee

Still considering a last-minute ticket to Super Bowl XLVIII? 

Here’s the best course of action:


Wait another day, another five days if possible, and ticket prices will continue to plummet. When the Seahawks locked up their spot in Super Bowl XLVIII, the cheapest ticket cliff opened at a listed price of $2,042, according to the ticket-trends Web site Razor Gator. Eight days later, the cheapest seat is going for $1,298. That’s a dip of roughly 35 percent.

While maneuvering between the Broncos’ media event in Jersey City and the hotel in Manhattan, it struck me how much different this New York/New Jersey Super Bowl would be if the Giants or Jets were involved. I’ve seen more Giants/Jets gear roaming the streets than Broncos/Seahawks gear. True, fans are not yet starting to roll in. But if a local franchise was directly involved — and not simply allowing the Broncos and ‘Hawks to use their practice facilities — I suspect ticket prices would break the bank.

Despite what colleague David Ramsey says — kidding, Mr. Ramsey — weather is an enormous factor in this Super Bowl. It isn’t just one factor; it’s the biggest factor. (More on the weather in Wednesday’s Gazette, just for Mr. Ramsey’s sake). It is frigid outside, the wind whipping down 7th Ave. in Times Square. 

It’s 11 degrees. If today were Super Bowl Sunday, we would be in the fourth quarter of the coldest Super Bowl in history. I don’t mind. But it’s true.

The wintry elements also are affecting ticket prices. As the reality of a cold-weather Super Bowl sets in, fewer people are looking to sit outside in sub-freezing temperatures, sending prices into a nose dive.

That’s relative, of course. The average ticket price is still hovering around $3,000, according to TiqIQ.

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