Only one week remains in the NFL regular season, but the playoff picture is still cloudy. Some teams have a range of possibilities from getting the top seed in the conference to missing out on the playoffs entirely. Without knowing which teams are making the playoffs, it’s even harder to figure out which teams should be the favorites to play in the Super Bowl. The favorite matchup just a few weeks ago, the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC and Denver Broncos in the AFC, still has the highest odds of occurring, but by a smaller margin now.
Even with all the confusion surrounding the playoffs, Super Bowl tickets have not been affected. The current average price on the secondary market for the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium is $3,265. If that price stays, it would place right in the middle of Super Bowl prices in the last five seasons. It would be more expensive than last season’s Super Bowl, XLVII, between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans with a $3,152 average price and Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 between the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts at SunLife Stadium in Miami, which had an average price of $2,679.
The current average price for this year’s Super Bowl trails Super Bowl XLV in 2011 between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers at now AT&T Stadium, a $3,622 average, and Super Bowl XLVI in 2012 between the New England Patriots and New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis with an average price of $4,214.
It is highly unlikely, though, the price will not change and it will likely go up as the playoffs begin. Following trends from previous Super Bowl prices, it’s possible for this year’s price to peak above a $4,000 average, at least coming to rivaling the price of game in Indianapolis. This year’s get-in price is already $2,223 and could easily surpass the $2,325 price for Super Bowl XLVII to be the most expensive get-in price of the past five Super Bowls.
Prices could begin to rise as soon as this weekend when teams finally know whether they will be in the playoffs, what seed they will get and what their path to East Rutherford could look like. Even with only six weeks remaining until the game is played, there’s still plenty to be revealed about the prices and the game itself.