Record-High Demand for Panthers-Saints Tickets
Ticket Demand for Saints at Panthers this Weekend
The NFC South division title is on the line this weekend in Charlotte, NC, at Bank of America Stadium when the Carolina Panthers host the New Orleans Saints. This rivalry, reignited over the past few seasons following the arrival of Cam Newton, is both heated and meaningful late in the season. With the Falcons and Buccaneers out of the picture, New Orleans and Carolina are left to battle not only for a division title but also a likely No. 2 seed, home field advantage, and first-round bye in the NFL Playoffs.
Things looked decided just two weeks ago when the Panthers were mauled by the Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, but a loss by New Orleans and a win for the Panthers last week tied the two squads once again. New Orleans has returned to form with head coach Sean Payton back from suspension, but they have looked vulnerable on the road. If Carolina can split the season series with a victory this weekend, the added benefit of forcing the Saints to leave their friendly confines in the postseason is a big deal.
The Panthers’ season average resale price of $118 per ticket is 18th-highest in the NFL this year. Carolina actually drew a higher average resale price and ranked 14th in the league in 2012 at $125 per ticket, but that’s partially attributable to their home schedule last season, which featured big-name, non-divisional opponents like the Seahawks, Giants, Cowboys and Broncos. Yes, Carolina hosted the Seahawks and Giants again this season and held a Monday Night Football game against the Patriots; however, they also hosted the Rams and Jets, teams that tend to draw smaller crowds and lower ticket prices on the road.
Average Ticket Prices for Saints at Panthers
With a new sense of excitement to Charlotte & legit division title hopes, folks are spending at record-high levels for a seat at the game. Fans this week have paid an average of $212 for a ticket to Sunday’s game, making it the most in-demand Carolina Panthers home game since at least 2009 when Seatgeek began monitoring the secondary market. That price is up 80% from the average Panthers home game this year ($118). Because of the unexpected turnaround in the standings last week, demand has continued to spike, nearly tripling overall during course of the season.
Less than two months ago, Panthers-Saints tickets were going for an average of just $75 on the resale market, just 35% of the $212 average this week. The average price for this Sunday’s game is 20% higher than it was for the game between the same teams two weeks ago in New Orleans ($176/ticket). If the recent history between these teams can teach us anything, expect the offensive fireworks to match the heights of ticket demand and anticipation we’re seeing right now.
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers Tickets
Saints-Panthers Game Results
|12/22/13||TBD||TBD||Charlotte||NC||Bank of America Stadium|
|12/8/13||Saints||31-13||New Orleans||LA||Mercedes-Benz Superdome|
|12/30/12||Panthers||44-38||New Orleans||LA||Mercedes-Benz Superdome|
|9/16/12||Panthers||35-27||Charlotte||NC||Bank of America Stadium|
|1/1/12||Saints||45-17||New Orleans||LA||Mercedes-Benz Superdome|
|10/9/11||Saints||30-27||Charlotte||NC||Bank of America Stadium|
New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers Highlights
Although the Panthers have reasserted themselves as an NFC South contender this season, the Saints made it business as usual with their decisive victory earlier this month. The Panthers will look for redemption at home December 22.