Ticket prices for Super Bowl XLVIII could be the lowest in more than a decade. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, using ticket price aggregator SeatGeek, Sunday's game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos could be the cheapest ticket since 2002, when the New England Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams at The Superdome.
On the NFL Ticket Exchange, tickets can be purchased for as little as $1,643 per stub. That price is roughly 40 percent lower than what it was immediately following the AFC and NFC Championship games, according to CNN.com. Then again, prices have apparently risen significantly since Tuesday, and could rise up to game time as fans try to capitalize on the opportunity to attend the Super Bowl for relatively cheap.
The reason for the precipitous overall drop in ticket prices is unclear. A matchup between the league's No. 1 offense and the league's No. 1 defense ought to be draw a lot butts to seats, especially in a stadium that's next to a dense and sports-crazy New York City population. Then again, February weather makes an outdoor game less enticing, especially when a television broadcast can give fans a better view in high definition.
A ticket broker speaking with USA Today on Tuesday suggested that the lack of interest in the game was due to the fact that "the teams are not sexy." It's true that the media markets in Seattle and Denver can't rival the likes of New York City or Washington, D.C., but from a football perspective there are few things sexier (figuratively speaking) than Peyton Manning trying to figure out Richard Sherman and Seattle's complex Cover 3.
To each his own.