Through yesterday, fans have paid an average of $278 per ticket for regular season Broncos tickets, the highest average we’ve ever recorded for Denver home games. Prices are up slightly — about 3 percent — from where they were this time last year for the 2013 season, when the average price of a ticket on the resale market was $270.

For the third straight season, Broncos tickets will be among the hardest to come by in the NFL. Since Peyton Manning’s arrival in 2012, Denver’s average resale price has ranked in the top 6 in the league, and they finished last season as the 3rd-most expensive behind only Bears and Patriots tickets. As of today, the only teams with higher average ticket prices on the secondary market for the 2014 regular season are the Seahawks ($343 per ticket), Patriots ($322), 49ers ($314) and Bears ($297).

Denver Broncos Ticket Prices

The Broncos’ home opener on Sept. 7 against Manning’s former team, the Colts, is currently the most in-demand regular season game at Mile High this year — and the 6th-most expensive game across the entire league. Fans have so far paid an average of $370 for a ticket to the game, which puts it on pace to be the 3rd-most expensive regular season ticket we’ve recorded in Denver behind last year’s opener against the then-defending-champion Ravens ($392 average ticket price) and the 2012 opener against the Steelers ($422), which was Manning’s first home game as a Bronco.

In addition to the opener against the Colts, the 49ers’ visit to Mile High on Oct. 19 ($347 average ticket price) ranks among the top 10 most in-demand regular season games across the NFL at No. 9. The Broncos also host the Chiefs in Week 2 in a renewal of the top division rivalry in the AFC West, and prices for that matchup are the 3rd-highest of the season in Denver ($247 average ticket price).

Unsurprisingly, Broncos tickets are going for considerably more than face value on the secondary market. The cheapest tickets for upper-level end zone seats have a face value of $50, but the only game for which you can find one for less than $100 — $95 to be exact — is the Dec. 7 game against the Bills. (That game is the least expensive you can find in Denver this year at an average price of $154 per ticket.) The markup over face value is far more extreme in the better seats at Mile High; a sideline ticket in the lower level, for example, which sells for $190 from the box office, has gone for about three times that — a whopping $567 on average — across all Broncos home games this season.