SBD/January 25, 2011/Events and AttractionsPrint All
Online prices for Super Bowl XLV tickets “were off and running” yesterday, as several major ticket resellers and ticket search engines indicated that prices are "well north of $3,000" for the Feb. 6 Packers-Steelers game at Cowboys Stadium, according to Don Walker of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Ticket experts said that the prices “could increase” because both teams “have large national fan bases and fans who are willing to travel thousands of miles.” FanSnap yesterday was reporting that its “average ticket, including ticket provider fees, was $5,082.” There were “several thousand tickets available,” with the lowest price at $2,200 for a standing-room-only ticket. FanSnap spokesperson Christian Anderson said that “one possible impact on the market will come from New York and Chicago,” as Jets and Bears fans “were in the market for Super Bowl tickets … and now they will be sellers.” Tickets on StubHub averaged $3,678, “with a range of $1,767 to $15,002 for a single ticket” (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 1/25). StubHub Corporate Communications Manager Joellen Ferrer said, "We saw more inventory at this time last year than right now. So prices are still skewed on the higher end right now. That's the largest factor." In L.A., Sam Farmer notes prior to the AFC and NFC conference championship games, a “Ring of Honor suite -- a 15-ticket package with catered food and drinks -- sold to a buyer in Texas for $73,163” (L.A. TIMES, 1/25).
TRIVIA TIME: In Indianapolis, Jeff Rabjohns reports Colts Owner Jim Irsay yesterday "gave away a Super Bowl trip" on Twitter to a person who "answered a trivia question." Irsay on Sunday asked which NFL player "became a father the same time he did." The answer was former Cowboys RB Robert Newhouse (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 1/25).
The '11 Winter X Games run Thursday-Sunday this week in Aspen, Colo., but the future of the event in Aspen "beyond 2012 is up in the air and organizers plan to make no announcements this week that a new contract has been inked," according to Carolyn Sackariason of the ASPEN DAILY NEWS. Aspen Skiing Co. VP/Sales & Events John Rigney "reportedly met with ESPN executives on Thursday," and ASC Dir of PR Jeff Hanle said that company officials "hoped to make an announcement during the games." Hanle said that "while negotiations continue," the X Games will be held in Aspen "through at least next year." Hanle: "We definitely have one more locked in." Sackariason noted the current contract was agreed upon in '06, "with an option for ESPN to remain" through '12. ESPN and ASC in '09 "agreed to pick up the option and announced the two-year extension." The Winter X Games "have been at Buttermilk Mountain since 2002, giving Aspen the longest tenure of any Winter X Games venue." Athletes and ESPN officials have said that the Buttermilk venue "works particularly well because all events end in the same area at the bottom of the mountain, which makes the games easily accessible for spectators." ESPN's "ability to essentially take over Buttermilk for a month also is key," as ASC "has three other mountains at which to spread its skiing public." Hanle noted that the event is a "huge draw for the resort" (ASPEN DAILY NEWS, 1/24). In Aspen, Dorothy Atkins noted since the X Games' debut in Aspen, "what has been a traditional mid-season lull has become one of the busiest weekends of the season with effects that go beyond numbers." Hanle: "January was typically a down month in the winter. We'd get through the holidays and then (we would hit the) January slow. Now the month of January is one of the strongest months and we attribute a lot of that to the X Games" (ASPEN DAILY NEWS, 1/23).
LOBBYING EFFORT: In Colorado Springs, Brian Gomez noted skiing halfpipe athlete Jen Hudak has lobbied the IOC to put the sport "on the program for the 2014 Sochi Games." The IOC in October "voted to delay a decision on men's and women's skiing halfpipe for 2014." The IOC Exec Board allowed IOC President Jacques Rogge "to make the call himself," and a decision "will be determined by April." Gomez noted the sport is "almost identical to the snowboard version," and it "will be a major part of the Winter X Games." A "modified form of skiing halfpipe will be on display" today and tomorrow at Denver Big Air, "with 73 competitors on a ramp at Civic Center Park that measures 106 feet high, 296 feet long and 70 feet wide" (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 1/22).