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Super Bowl XLV Ticket Prices Soaring On Secondary Market

StubHub says prices skewing higher right now due to more inventory at this time last year
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).
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