Super Bowl XLVI Tickets: Overall Average Is Up 11 Percent From Last Year

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 06: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants scrambles as Rob Ninkovich #50 of the New England Patriots defends on November 6, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 24-20. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

TiqIQ, SB Nation's ticketing partner, explains that the smaller stadium has helped drive average prices up for Super Bowl XLVI, but the cheapest tickets can still be had for less than they were last year.

After a Sunday of drama-filled Conference Championships, the Super Bowl XLVI matchup is set, and the New York Giants and New England Patriots are headed to Indianapolis. Behind two memorable kicks, the New York-Boston rivalry is set for another epic installment.

In all their excitement about this Super Bowl XLII rematch, fans and sellers have made the 2012 edition the most expensive Super Bowl in three years, according to SB Nation ticketing partner TiqIQ (prices here). In the 12 hours after the Giants won the NFC, prices climbed 9 percent alone. At a whopping $4,055 average price, prices are 11 percent higher than last year's Packers-Steelers game in Dallas, and 74 percent more than 2010's Saints-Colts matchup in Miami. With 30,000-plus fewer seats available at Lucas Oil Stadium than Cowboys Stadium, we don't see much price softening this year leading up to the game.

Prices range from $1,950 for the last row of the 600s corner section, to $15,343 for third-row seats at the 50. There's even an $800,000 luxury suite available, which is roughly the same price as a 6,000-square-foot mansion in Indianapolis. For those not looking to take out a mortgage to attend this year's Super Bowl, the get-in price of $1,950 is currently below last-year's get-in of $2,260.

As for the other ticket you'll need to get to Indy, flights from NYC and Boston have gone up over 250 percent in the last week, according to Bing Travel, and both routes will cost above $1,000 for a round-trip, coming back Monday. The good news is that Bing predicts both will come down between $100 and $400, with confidence rating above 75 percent, so hold tight if you dare. As for the last piece of the equation -- a room -- there is little chance of finding a hotel at this late stage. However, there are 13 listings on Craigslist Indianapolis that range from $400/night up to $4,000 per night. If none of those work out, you can always see if the person buying the $800,000 suite has any extra floor space where you can crash.

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