How do I get Super Bowl tickets?
The NFL controls distribution of Super Bowl tickets. The two participating teams each receive 17.5% of the tickets, and another 5% goes to the host city. The remaining teams in the league split 34.8% of the tickets evenly.
This leaves the league with 25.2% of tickets, which they mostly divvy up between sponsors and the media. However, a small fraction of these tickets is reserved for a drawing where lucky fans have the opportunity to buy tickets at face value. This year, fans could apply for the drawing for Super Bowl 50 tickets between February and June. Winners should already have been notified by this point. For the rest of us, that leaves the secondary market as the only viable way to find a ticket to the Super Bowl.
How much do face value Super Bowl 50 tickets cost?
As mentioned above, a small fraction of Super Bowl tickets get sold at face value to the public. These are the only ticket prices that are set by the NFL. General admission tickets have a face value ranging from $850 to $1800, while club seats sell for up to $3000. The lucky lottery winning fans that make up around 1.5% of the the total crowd will get into Levi's Stadium for $500. Unfortunately, because of the vast number of tickets that are distributed amongst sponsors, media and players by both the NFL and it's teams, barely any are seats actually bought or sold by the public at these prices.
How much do Super Bowl 50 tickets cost?
The secondary market is the best place for fans to realistically purchase tickets. Generally speaking, the average Super Bowl ticket costs between $2500 and $3000, but that price varies depending on the particular matchup and when the tickets are purchased. Super Bowl XLIX between the Seahawks and the Patriots was an exception to this rule, with tickets averaging $4314. For Super Bowl XLVIII the Seahawks-Broncos tickets averaged $2536 on the secondary market. Tickets for Super Bowl XLV went for an average of $3561, largely due to the matchup between the Packers and the Steelers. Super Bowl XLVII, featuring the Ravens and 49ers, went for $2478, and the Giants-Patriots rematch the previous year went for $2993.
The price of Super Bowl tickets typically falls as the event nears, but ticket prices shift significantly once the matchup is determined. In the 2013-2014 season, ticket prices also suffered because of concerns about the weather. There was also a noticeable decline in Super Bowl XLVII ticket prices leading up to the game, but it was less pronounced (possibly due to fans wanting to see Ray Lewis's last game). Ticket prices for the Giants-Patriots rematch actually increased before eventually falling off. Last year's Super Bowl was out of the ordinary, in that ticket prices continued to rise all the way up to the day of the game.
How do ticket prices for this season's Super Bowl compare to previous years?
The average Super Bowl 50 ticket is now going for $5,020. The cheapest seat on SeatGeek at the time of writing is available for $4020. It's important to note that, as explained above, this number usually (though not always) goes down as the game approaches.
Who is playing in this year's Super Bowl?
We won't blame Peyton Manning for holding on to any of his TD balls. But, if you want your child to have a shot at receiving a touchdown ball from Cam Newton it is going to cost you, with the cheapest seat behind the end zone selling for $4500.