History of Super Bowl tickets, prices, and more in 2021

A socially distanced Super Bowl might not be quite what fans of the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers had in mind when they pictured their NFL team in the big game, but that doesn’t mean that Super Bowl tickets can’t be found. How much are ticket prices for Super Bowl LV going for?

How much is a ticket to Super Bowl 55?

The Super Bowl experience and the festivities surrounding it are often a big part of the week. This year, they’re happening on a much smaller scale.

There are expected to be 25,000 fans in attendance for Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Sunday, February 7, 2021. Included in that number are 7,500 vaccinated healthcare workers, who have been given free tickets as guests of the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the league wanted to thank them for their service over the last year.

NFL On Location Experiences, the official hospitality of the NFL, still has Super Bowl ticket packages available on its website. The tickets currently start at $5,525 per person, while the most expensive tickets available are $15,725 per person.

Super Bowl LV will have the lowest attendance in the game’s history

It is already guaranteed that Super Bowl 55 will have the lowest attendance in Super Bowl history. Super Bowl I, known at the time as “The First AFL-NFL World Championship Game,” currently holds the record with 61,946 fans. Despite this, there hasn’t been the demand for tickets that many expected.

Football fans attending the game will have to abide by strict safety protocols, including mandatory mask wearing and social distancing. Pod seating will also be in place. In addition, there will be an emphasis on touchless in-stadium experiences at concessions, restrooms, and security checkpoints.

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The Bucs are the first team to ever earn the opportunity to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium. Many of their fans, however, live locally and won’t be exploring the city.

The Chiefs have qualified for a second consecutive year and have arguably the best quarterback in the NFL. They will challenge for the foreseeable future. If their fans are going to choose a year to watch the game from the comfort of their own homes, then the 2021 Super Bowl is a sensible choice.

History of Super Bowl ticket prices

Ticket prices have increased a lot since the first Super Bowl in 1967. The Chiefs played in that game too, but rather than having to spend thousands of dollars, the average ticket price was just $12.

Prices rose steadily over the next two decades. However, it wasn’t until 1984 that the average price went above $40, just a few years after a dramatic increase in the size of the TV audiences.

From that point, the increases became more drastic. By 1988, the average ticket price had reached $100. By 1995, that figure had reached $200. The days of being able to attend on a budget had become a distant memory. The last Super Bowl of the 20th century in 1999 had an average ticket price of $325, more than three times what it was a decade earlier.

These games may seem like they happened a long time ago, but this next one could be more relatable.

The 2002 game, Super Bowl XXXVI, had an average ticket price of $400. Why’s that relevant? That was the game when a young second-year quarterback by the name of Tom Brady made his first appearance in the biggest game in football. It was the first of his six Super Bowl rings, the most by any player in history. Nineteen years later, he will attempt to extend his record with victory number seven.

How much are Super Bowl tickets reselling for?

Ticket prices will always fluctuate depending on a number of factors. Factors that stem from the teams facing off to the acts involved in the halftime show. Resale sites, such as Vivid Seats, StubHub, SeatGeek, and the NFL’s official NFL Ticket Exchange through Ticketmaster also have tickets for sale.

Ticket marketplace TicketIQ has tracked both the minimum and average Super Bowl ticket price on their platform since 2010. While the average price for Super Bowl LV tickets is considerably higher than in past years, the cheapest tickets on their platform haven’t followed the same trend.

It would cost less to purchase tickets this season than it would have cost a year ago when the Chiefs played the San Francisco 49ers. Tickets for the game between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots in 2015 were also more expensive. Although, Patriots fans no doubt thought it was worth it when Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson on the goal line to seal the victory.

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