Super Bowl 2013: With matchup set, race for tickets begins

Larry French

The participants in Super Bowl XLVII have been determined, meaning it's time to scramble for the coveted, high-priced tickets.

After more than four months of competition, fans can finally set their sights on the pinnacle of this NFL season, Super Bowl XLVII. With the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers locked into the contest at New Orleans's Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the mad dash for exorbitantly-priced tickets can begin.

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The Super Bowl is annually one of the toughest tickets to come by in American sports, and the prices on secondary markets reflect that. A scan of the NFL's official online ticket exchange and popular ticket-buying sites, StubHub and TiqIQ, shows that this year's game has a range of $1,849 to $315,916 per ticket. According to ABC News's Susanna Kim, the average price on the open market is $3,195.14, cheaper than the average price of $3,678.12 this time last year.

While the lack of two of the NFL's biggest markets, New York and Boston, contribute to this year's ticket being a little cheaper than last year's, there are plenty of factors to keep the prices sky high. First of all, it's the Super Bowl. No matter the teams, this game will almost always be the biggest of the year in the United States. This year's matchup pits brother against brother, as head coaches Jim and John Harbaugh lead the 49ers and Ravens, respectively. Despite their franchise's proud history, San Francisco fans haven't been able to cheer for the 49ers in the NFL's title game since 1995, while Baltimore fans would love to see linebacker Ray Lewis end his career with a championship.

Super Bowl XLVII is set for Sunday, Feb. 3. Kickoff is scheduled for roughly 6:30 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on CBS.

For more Ravens coverage, check out Baltimore Beatdown. For all things 49ers, visit Niners Nation.

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