Is It Possible to Find Cheap Super Bowl Tickets?

On Feb. 4, 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles squared off against the New England Patriots in Minneapolis at the 52nd annual Super Bowl. Sure, you probably watched the game on television, but nothing beats watching it live. That said, tickets can be mighty expensive.

Keep reading to find out if it’s possible to get Super Bowl tickets on the cheap.

1. Where to buy tickets

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The NFL offers tickets, but they aren’t exactly cheap. | Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

  • A seat near the 50-yard line could cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Before you can get a deal, you need to know where to buy tickets. The most common place, according to Money, is on retail sites, such as Vivid Seats, StubHub, SeatGeek, or TicketIQ. Ticketmaster owns the NFL Ticket Exchange, which is another place to find Super Bowl tickets, but the prices are typically higher there.

As of Friday, Jan. 19, 2017, “cheap seat” tickets on the NFL Ticket Exchange were going for $5,200 — without taxes and fees — and the other sites’ prices averaged around $4,100. Keep in mind that those “fees” can add up to hundreds of dollars per ticket. Tickets in the lower tiers — especially near the 50-yard line — were going for tens of thousands of dollars each.

Next: Averaging it out 

2. What’s the average ticket price?

Ticket prices dropped dramatically for Super Bowl LI. | Tim Bradbury/Getty Images

  • Prices can shift from day to day.

According to Money, there is no “typical” price for Super Bowl tickets. Instead, they fluctuate each year — even over the course of a few days. Prices are set due to supply and demand, and how much people are willing to give up to attend the event.

For example, Super Bowl LI ticket prices dropped on retail sites from $5,000 to $3,225 over the course of four days. Why? The NFL was reserving tickets for packages that didn’t sell, so it released them into the market, driving prices down.

Next: Invest wisely.

3. Buy a package

The NFL offers package deals for the Super Bowl. | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

  • For some fans, a package might be the best deal.

For Super Bowl LII, the NFL offered up packages again, with starting prices of about $7,500, according to Money. The price included an upper deck ticket and admission to a pre-party. Although this doesn’t qualify as a “cheap” ticket, it works if you’re really into the party.

Next: Patience is a virtue.

4. Wait it out

The trick is finding the sweet spot between the playoffs and the big game. | Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

  • Waiting to buy until closer to the game could save you money.

If your nerves can take it, you can likely get cheaper tickets to the Super Bowl if you wait to purchase, according to Money. The market changes quickly based on demand, but patterns show that it’s wise to wait.

The last five years (with the exception of 2015) shows that ticket prices went down as the event approached. In 2017, for instance, tickets averaged a bit more than $3,000 a few days before the game as opposed to more than $5,000 after the NFC and AFC championship games.

Next: It’s all about the timing.

5. Don’t wait too long

Tickets get more expensive in the hours before kickoff. | Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

  • Don’t delay t00 long — prices usually rise again in the days before the game.

It’s a tough call when to buy Super Bowl tickets. If you wait, you’ll likely get a deal, but according to Yahoo, you shouldn’t wait too long. Often, prices creep back up during the last 72 hours before the game starts. You can always wait to buy at the venue on the day of the game, but it’s doubtful many would feel comfortable showing up on game day without tickets in hand.

Next: Prices on the rise

6. Ticket prices have risen dramatically

Tickets have gotten more expensive every year. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

  • Tickets to the first Super Bowl cost $10.

The first Super Bowl, held in 1967, had an average ticket price of $10, which would equal $74.98 today. That price gradually rose to $15 in 1970, according to GOBankingRates, where it remained until 1974. In 1975 the average price was $20, and it steadily rose to $125 in 1990.

In 2006 fans paid an average of $700 to see the game, and prices went up to $1,700 for Super Bowl 2017. For 2018, the average price for a ticket to the Super Bowl was … wait for it … $3,700.

Next: Even the youngest fans have to pay.

7. Even babies pay to get in

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Sorry, kid. No one gets into the Super Bowl for free. | Screenshot via YouTube

  • Your baby can fly for free, but she’ll need a ticket to attend the Super Bowl.

Bet you didn’t know babies need a ticket to see the Super Bowl. According to CBS Sports, a baby as young as two weeks old must have a ticket to get in. It’s funny that babies can fly free on planes but have to pay the going rate to attend the Super Bowl.

Next: Take a chance.

8. Go for free

If you’re feeling lucky, sign up for Super Bowl giveaways just before the season starts. | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

  • You could win tickets to the Super Bowl, but you need to start entering contests early.

Keep this in mind for next year. What do you have to lose? According to the balance, you should start entering contests right before football season.

For Super Bowl 2018, Community Coffee gave away a free trip to Minneapolis to one lucky fan. You could enter the contest once a day, and the prize was valued at around $7,500. Pepsi gave away a free trip for two, and Frito-Lay sent one person for free.

Read more: Here’s How Much Tom Brady Gets Paid If the Patriots Win the Super Bowl 

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