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Super Bowl ticket prices dip slightly, with possible Bucs fan advantage

Super Bowl 55 ticket prices for Raymond James Stadium are still higher than normal.
Raymond James Stadium is showing signs of preparation on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, by the Tampa Sports Authority for Super Bowl LV, the 55th Super Bowl, scheduled to be played on February 7, 2021. This will be the fifth Super Bowl hosted by the Tampa area and the third held at Raymond James Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by CBS.
Raymond James Stadium is showing signs of preparation on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, by the Tampa Sports Authority for Super Bowl LV, the 55th Super Bowl, scheduled to be played on February 7, 2021. This will be the fifth Super Bowl hosted by the Tampa area and the third held at Raymond James Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by CBS. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Feb. 1
Updated Feb. 1

Ticket prices for Super Bowl 55 at Raymond James Stadium have dipped slightly since last week, but are “still up considerably over previous years,” according to a spokesman from ticket resale website Vivid Seats.

The least expensive tickets available on the site as of Monday afternoon were a pack of four tickets in upper level corner section 329, row Z, for $27,610 including fees, or $6,902 per ticket.

Sales data provided by the site says the average ticket sold via there for Super Bowl 55, so far, before fees, has cost $11,986. The average ticket sold this many days out from Super Bowl 54 was $5,654, before fees.

The $11,986 average for Super Bowl 55 is down from last week, when the average ticket, so far, had gone for $14,110.

The website SeatGeek had 986 tickets listed for sale as of Monday afternoon, and said that it had sold 130 tickets in a day on Jan. 30. The NFL is only allowing 24,700 fans to attend the game at the 66,000-plus capacity stadium due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Premium seats were going for far more. Vivid Seats listed two tickets on Monday afternoon in section 109, row K, near the 50-yard line, for $72,334 total after fees, or $36,167 each. SeatGeek listed two seats in section 148, row AA, in the end zone, for $147,676 or $73,839 each, after fees.

The high prices reflect resale markups on the actual face value of Super Bowl Tickets, which range from only $950 for a seat in the upper corners to around $3,600 for the best lower-level seats.

“The average Super Bowl Ticket ticket changes hands four times,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. “The NFL will establish the face value, but when it’s resold three additional times, you’ll see it go higher and higher.”

Vivid Seats said its Fan Forecast algorithm, which uses sales data to predict which teams will have more fans at games held at neutral sites, currently shows a “78/22 split in favor of the Bucs” — unsurprising considering the Buccaneers will be the first team to play a Super Bowl on their home field.

Last year, Vivid Seats had the Chiefs with 62 percent of the crowd in Miami.

“Interestingly, we believe a subset of fans cheering for the Bucs will include Pats fans rooting for Brady,” Vivid Seats’ Stephen Spiewak, said. “Outside of Florida, Boston is a top five market for Super Bowl demand.”

Prices for resale Super Bowl tickets tend to fall just before the game as sales spike.

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