Winter storm Juno has done its best to poke a hole in the inflated price for Super Bowl tickets on the secondary market, and for the second consecutive day, prices continue to tumble. The game reached historical highs last weekend and nearly surpassed a $6,500 average, but as snow pummels the Northeast and six days remain before Super Bowl XLIX, the average secondary market price for tickets has finally begun to decrease.
According to TiqIQ, the average price for Super Bowl tickets on the secondary market is now $5,733.38, which is down 6 percent since Monday's average of $6,103.07 and 11.2 percent lower than Sunday's peak average of $6,459.21. Fans shouldn't expect to get in for much cheaper, however, as the game's cheapest seat has remained above the $3,000 asking price over the last several days.
The get-in price for Super Bowl XLIX is currently $3,300 and will likely remain firm up until the weekend, when prices are expected to drop directly prior to the game. Because of that, fans will either have to strike while the iron is hot today or risk the chance at scoring a deal on decreasing prices later in the week. However, if planning to purchase tickets in the coming days, fans can expect hospitality and airfare accommodations to be pricey as hotels fill up in the Phoenix area.
Since TiqIQ began tracking ticket data in 2010, no other Super Bowl has reached the $5,000 average on the secondary market. Prior to this year's exorbitant prices, 2012's game between the Patriots and New York Giants was the most expensive Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. That year, the average secondary price for Super Bowl XLVI tickets was $4,214.53. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick failed to secure their elusive fourth ring together, ultimately falling to the Giants by a final score of 21-17.
The Seahawks' Super Bowl championship at MetLife Stadium last season was significantly cheaper than this year's game at University of Phoenix Stadium as well. Last year, Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman silenced the Broncos to the tune of a $3,375.88 average ticket price on the secondary market. That marks a price jump of 70.3 percent in year-over-year average. Such a massive increase is largely due to the Arizona climate in comparison to the New York chill of an early February game. The numerous events being held around downtown Phoenix this week may also play a part in the inflated Super Bowl prices this year.
With the conclusion of Tuesday's Media Day, the Greater Phoenix area is set to welcome several notable events and performances in the days leading up to Sunday's game. Prospective fans still perusing the secondary market for XLIX tickets should consider pulling the trigger soon or wait until later in the week to find the best deals.