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A Visual Look at Average Listing Prices for the Big Game

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Less than a week until the Big Game, average listing prices at TicketNetwork.com for tickets to the University of Phoenix Stadium are ranging widely, from $4,138 for upper-level corner seats to $9,627 for club-level 50-yard line seats*. Below you can browse a couple visuals we put together that show current average listing prices for major areas of the stadium.

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Average Listing Prices for the Big Game via Chart

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Average Listing Prices for the Big Game via Map

*Ticket sales data is as of 1/26/2014 9:00 a.m. EST. Map does not indicate sections with currently available tickets. Trademarked names are the property of their respective owners. TicketNetwork does not claim any right or ownership to any team or venue name, or other trademark contained in this release. These names are strictly used for descriptive purposes and do not imply an endorsement or partnership.

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Have you ever become interested in a seemingly obscure artist, only to look them up and realize they used to be the lead singer or lead guitarist in a famous band? If this has happened to you, don't think you're alone; it's happened to us, too. So today's post is dedicated to that phenomenon. Some artists have switched bands while others have formed solo careers. There are so many examples we could give you, but here are six.

Dave Grohl

Grohl is now known for being the front man of Foo Fighters, but from 1990 to 1994 he was the drummer for Nirvana. Following Kurt Cobain's death, he formed Foo Fighters. He is also part of Them Crooked Vultures with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age (see below) and John Paul Jones, formerly of Led Zeppelin.

Josh Homme

Josh Homme is the founder of Queens of the Stone Age, but he was once a member of stoner rock band Kyuss. He also has a shared history with Grohl, but not in Nirvana or Foo Fighters. Instead, he is a member of supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, which formed in 2009 and released an album, but has since been on hiatus.

Peter Gabriel

These days he's known as a successful solo artist, but Gabriel earned his chops in the band Genesis, of which he was a member until 1975. Since leaving Genesis, Gabriel has had a very successful career, with a number of popular solo albums, particularly in the mid-1980s to early 1990s.

Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington isn't so much a case of an artist leaving one band for another, or leaving a band for a solo career, but one of joining yet another band. Bennington is the lead vocalist for Linkin Park, and has been a member of that band since 1999. In 2013, he also joined Stone Temple Pilots, replacing long-time lead vocalist Scott Weiland.

Phil Collins

Another member of Genesis, Phil Collins is still technically in the band but announced his retirement from music in 2011 after years of dealing with pain stemming from issues with his vertebrae. Collins began a solo career in the early 1980s parallel to his work with Genesis. In 1996, Collins left the band to focus on his solo work, but briefly rejoined with bandmates Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford for a reunion tour in 2007.

Fergie

Black Eyed Peas member Fergie has seen two transitions during her career. She was originally a member of teen pop group Wild Orchard but left in 2001. The next year she joined the Black Eyed Peas at the invitation of will.i.am. In 2006, she released her first solo album, Dutchess. That is her only solo album to date, though she has said she's working on a new one.

With less than a week to go until the NFC and AFC championship games, ticket sales for the two on the TicketNetwork.com exchange are at the lowest levels they've been in the past four years*. As you can see on the graph below, the sales trend has been downward for the past few years, but this year is particularly bad for the two. Whereas normally the NFC game sells moderately well, it has been performing worse year after year, and in 2015 it is only selling about as well as the AFC game. The AFC game was improving in sales for a few years until now. All in all, sales for both games are down 55% from the same period of time last year and down 68% from 2012.

Conference Championship Tickets Sold from 2012-2015
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Top-Selling Events of 2014

Affordability and availability were important when it came to the top-selling tickets of 2014. Ringling Bros. Circus and Disney on Ice: Frozen, the two family-friendly shows that were the best-selling events on online ticket marketplace TicketNetwork's* exchange this year. The two shows represented those themes very well by offering many events throughout the year with low ticket prices.

With an average selling price of $37 per ticket, as well as dozens of events across the United States, Ringling Bros. was an affordable and very available choice for parents looking to take the kids to an entertaining show. Meanwhile, Frozen's success was also partially based on the continued excitement from the 2013 movie, and everything "Frozen" in general. Although its average selling price was higher at $74, it was still at a point that many families could easily afford.

As discussed in the upcoming sections, affordability and availability also applied to many of the top concert and theater events.

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Frozen, TSO Prominent in September's Top 10 Events

September's Top 10 Events

In September, we finally saw a little bit of change among the top players, with a return of some former top players. At least in this case, it makes a lot of sense. As the holiday season approaches, people looking for something to do during that time have Christmas and winter on the mind, and that's what last month's Top 10 represents. Thus we see two of the top holiday/winter-themed events: Frozen and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Indeed, of all the tickets purchased last month at TN.com for Frozen shows happening in 2014, nearly 40% were for shows in November, while another 31% were for shows this month*. So over 70% of Frozen ticket purchases in September were for the next couple months.

It makes a lot of sense that some people would purchase for an imminently upcoming show. With its family-friendly nature, it makes a great show to see on a whim, especially on the weekend (where it does best). Others, however, are looking ahead to the holiday period. Interestingly, there were not many sales for December. I wonder if that will change once I revisit this in October's Top 10.

TSO, meanwhile, is all always about Christmas and the holiday season. Whereas Frozen's busiest period is in November, the lion's share of ticket sales for TSO are for December shows. I expect it's because, with TSO, more people want the Christmas theme as close to the holiday as possible. And, in fact, the most popular days for the show are those immediately surrounding Christmas, from December 13 to 26. Of course, as a touring show with a few shows in each city it visits, beggars cannot be choosers, so November also does very well for TSO.

* Rankings and other data are as of 10/8/2014 4:00 p.m. EDT. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on TicketNetwork.com. Trademarked terms are the property of their respective owners and are used strictly for descriptive purposes and do not imply an endorsement or partnership. TicketNetwork is an online ticket marketplace and is in no way associated with the trademark owners, artists, teams, or productions mentioned.

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