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Secondary Ticket Prices Skyrocket For Jets-Pats Playoff Game

Ticket prices for Jets-Pats playoff game averaging $294 on SeatGeek.com

Ticket prices for Sunday's Jets-Patriots AFC Divisional game are averaging $294 on SeatGeek.com, 30% "higher than the average regular season ticket price of $226" at Gillette Stadium, according to Thomas Grillo of the BOSTON HERALD. SeatGeek Dir of Communications Ben Kessler: "These Pats-Jets ticket prices rival World Series games." Prices range "from $197 for a seat in section 329 to $1,723 for a spot in the club level." SeatGeek "listed about 5,000 tickets yesterday for Sunday's 4:30 p.m. matchup, but some sellers advertise on multiple sites and are counted separately by the Web site, making it unclear how many seats are actually available." FanSnap.com President & CEO Michael Janes said that of the four NFL playoff games this weekend, "demand for the game in Foxboro is by far the highest." Janes: "The Pats-Jets game is by far the hottest ticket at the moment and has grown over the week." StubHub Corporate Communications Manager Joellen Ferrer said that Jets fans are "buying more tickets to the game than Pats fans from her site" (BOSTON HERALD, 1/13).

BEAR MARKET: In Chicago, Mark Konkol reports ticket prices for Sunday's Seahawks-Bears game at Soldier Field "have plummeted," and ticket brokers said that "by week's end, fans might be able to score tickets for less than face value." Ferrer: "Prices are going down. It's not the match-up everyone expected, but we're still seeing strong, steady sales." The cheapest ticket available on StubHub yesterday was "going for $111, just four bucks more than face value," while the most expensive ticket "sold for $1,870." Overall, the average ticket price was about $322, which is "about $40 less per ticket" than the '07 Seahawks-Bears NFC Divisional game (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 1/13). Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Ken Sugiura reports the ticket market for Saturday's Packers-Falcons game "apparently is weakening." The average ticket price on StubHub of $197 "dropped a few dollars" between Tuesday and yesterday (AJC.com, 1/12).

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