With the arrival of Super Bowl Week, New Orleans has become football heaven. But it will require an ungodly amount of money to actually attend the game.
Even the most diehard of Ravens or 49ers * fans have been having to make some tough head vs. heart decisions when it comes time to decide whether to cross 'Attend Super Bowl' off the ol' bucket list (are we still using that term? Leave your thoughts in the comments. Thanks) or suck it up and just watch on TV.
* Or Beyonce
All those vows that big fans make of, "Lemme tell ya, if we ever make the Super Bowl I am GOING! I don't care about the price. Mark it down: I will BE there!" are smacking hard against a wall of brutal ticket price reality right now.
On Stub Hub, the cheapest seat in the Superdome for Super Bowl XLVII as of Monday afternoon still cost $1,685. And, in case you couldn't already figure it out, this is not a particularly good seat. In fact, it's terrible. This is roughly the view you will have if you dig deep for a $1,685 ticket.
Most of the 4,000-plus seats available on the site fall somewhere within the $2,500 to $3,500 range.
Or, for those who prefer their football with a side of Generous Tax Write-Off, there is this option: $323,000 for your own 30-person suite. Let's just assume these are for corporate clients. Or Floyd Mayweather's entourage.
The prices run similar on the NFL's own Ticket Exchange, where seats are going for between $1,705 and $10,884 each. This is where we're obligated to tell you tickets for Super Bowl I cost $6. And yes, yes, inflation and all and it's not the same thing, etc. etc. BUT!, that's still the equivalentof just $41 today.
Would you like to know what $41 gets you at the Super Bowl now? I can't even come up with a clever joke about it. There is absolutely nothing even remotely close to $41 you can get at the Super Bowl. Maybe an autographed napkin from a Harbaugh cousin?
With many fans now priced out of the game, some are taking another, more ancient route: bartering.
On Craigslist, you can find this postfrom a guy offering his passes for The Masters in exchange for two Super Bowl tickets. Call it bucketlisting.
However, the best Super Bowl barter comes from a Baltimore Craigslist user who is, literally, dangling this golden Snoopy pendant for a pair of Super Bowl tickets. "I'm offering to trade my 18K gold Cartier snoopy pendant for 2 tickets. This piece is no longer made by Cartier and is highly collectible," the poster promises.
"I'm hoping to find someone who is not able to go to the Super Bowl and loves Snoopy."
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