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SBD/December 17, 2013/Events and Attractions
Super Bowl XLVIII Ticket Demand At Record High Even Before NFL Distribution Date
Published December 17, 2013
STAYING INDOORS: The NFL yesterday announced that Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day will be held in Prudential Center rather than MetLife Stadium. REUTERS' Larry Fine noted in a "Super Bowl first," Media Day is being "held at a site other than the championship venue due to wintry conditions expected" in New Jersey. Tickets for the event cost $28.50 (REUTERS, 12/16). ESPN.com's Jane McManus wrote there are "actually worse ways" for fans to "get close to the Super Bowl" than attending Media Day. All the players for both teams "will be present, giving interviews to the assembled media." In terms of proximity, Media Day is a "much less expensive way to get close to the athletes just four days before some of them win a Super Bowl." Ticketholders also will "get a radio tuned to NFL Radio so they can soak up the coverage." However, it is "not hard to look at this a little cynically." The NFL "has priced most regular fans out of the Super Bowl and has done so for years." Rather than make the actual game "more accessible to low-rollers, the NFL has commoditized a media availability that the league would have to host anyway" (ESPN.com, 12/16).