The Ravens have taken an unlikely three-game road to the final game of the 2012 NFL season, and have done so backed by a perfect post-season by quarterback Joe Flacco (eight touchdowns to no picks), and the spirit and emotion from their fiery leader, Ray Lewis, who has one foot cemented into retirement.
On the other side, the 49ers rode the arm and legs of Colin Kaepernick, who has just nine starts to his name, but seems to impress more with each passing week. Overlooking the theatrics of this game, however, seems to be the pairing of the Harbaugh coaches, as brothers Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh battle each other as head coaches in what is being coined the Harbowl, Brobowl, and various clever nicknames. But even with the Harbaugh brothers, the first trip to the Super Bowl for the 49ers in 18 years, or Ray Lewis' swan song, ticket prices on the secondary market are falling fast.
Compared to the last five SuperBowl's, the Packers vs. Steelers in 2011 had the highest ticket prices, at an average of $3,649. The Cardinals Vs. Steelers in 2009 had the lowest, averaging $2,097. That makes this year's game decidedly middle of the pack, but as the game gets closer & brokers are still holding tickets worth at least $850 face price, fans can find deals. The longer you can wait, the better, and if you're really brave, get your plane ticket and hotel room now, and then worry about the game ticket once you get to the Big Easy. We'll be selling tickets right until game time, and for big events like this, many of the sellers will be in New Orleans, so local pick up is an easy option.
Currently, the average price for Super Bowl tickets is $2,625 per ticket with a get-in price of $1,299, 24% lower than they were just three weeks ago. In comparison, at this date last year, the average price for the Giants-Patriots matchup was sitting at $3,860, 45 percent higher than this year's current average. When considering that tickets for last year's game eventually dropped to an average of $2,956/ticket, prices for this time around are likely to see a similar sharp decline as Super Bowl Sunday approaches. There are still over 4,700 tickets available on the market, perhaps a stronger indicator that 2013 Super Bowl tickets could be one of the cheapest in recent memory.
Still, as the pinnacle of sports events, Super Bowl prices can become ridiculous no matter which teams are playing. For example, luxury suites at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome are currently selling for anywhere from $83,000 to as high as $137,000. The most expensive "traditional" seat in the building is on the 50-yard line at Section 141, Row 19, and is currently going for $5,932.
As for what will unfold on Sunday, it appears it could be more of an old-school bout, with a large emphasis on defense. The rise of Colin Kaepernick has sparked intrigue both on and off the field, and has given the bay area hope for a sixth Lombardi Trophy, which would tie for most all-time with the Steelers. On the other side; Ray Lewis looks to write a storybook ending to a Hall of Fame career with a second Super Bowl title, coming full circle from his first career sack in 1996 on none other than quarterback Jim Harbaugh.
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