By Weston Blasi
The Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is just days away, and ticket prices are higher than for any other Super Bowl in over a decade.
According to the ticket exchange site StubHub, last year’s Super Bowl in Miami was the most expensive in the past 10 years, and this year’s game is even more expensive. The average price of a ticket sold this year is $7,589, compared with $6,410 this time last year, an 18% increase.
Raymond James stadium in Florida will only admit 22,000 fans , or about one-third of capacity. Of those 22,000 fans, 7,500 will receive free tickets that have been dedicated to front-line health workers.
StubHub told MarketWatch that ticket prices could jump again in the days before the game.
“There is also a chance that perhaps prices could climb back up as traveling buyers purchase their tickets in the next 48 hours and local Tampa buyers start purchasing. This is such a unique event this year –– more so than ever –– with such an intimate audience that we strongly suggest fans buy sooner than later before ticket supply diminishes.”
As of Thursday morning, there are 1,000 tickets available for purchase, far lower than the 3,200 tickets available at this time last year.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor addressed the idea of giving a portion of this year’s Super Bowl tickets to front-line health workers:
“Our country has endured so much over the last year and we can’t lose sight of those who worked day in and day out to keep us safe,” Castor said in a press release.