Towards the end of April, the NFL released its schedule and riled up all of the league’s fans. Whether the team is a perennial Super Bowl contender or consistently near the bottom rankings of the league, the release of the schedule reminds people that every team starts with a 0-0 record and has a chance to navigate their way into the NFL playoff picture.
When the schedule comes out, prices on the secondary ticket market are released as well. As you may have figured, the earliest of price swings head towards the league’s most popular teams, such as the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys and others.
It’s been just over two weeks since the release, and this past weekend, the NFL Draft concluded as well. The aura that is created from the introduction of the schedule has worn down, and an average ticket price on the secondary market is more level and now paints a more accurate portrayal of what some of the highest asking prices will be during the NFL regular season. Below are the three highest average ticket prices for NFL tickets this season, according to information provided by TicketNetwork.com.
Most Expensive: 11/01/2015 | Denver Broncos vs. Green Bay Packers | Sports Authority Field At Mile High | Average Price: $724.26 | Get-in Price: $300
Research by Michael Merritt
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With every new date for a top event, whether Kanye or Britney, Wicked or West Ham, fans with less-than-bottomless pockets sometimes cringe. It’s extremely rare to hear a true music lover ever state that they regret digging deep for those nosebleeds to see their longtime favorite musician, but before they make the commitment, many will lament the cost. For Rolling Stones fans, high ticket prices are part and parcel with their fandom.
A quote from Rolling Stone highlights fans’ displeasure:
"Can the Rolling Stones actually need all that money… How much can the Stones take back to Merrie England after taxes, anyway? How much must the British manager and the American manager and the agency rake off the top?... [It] says a very bad thing to me about the artists' attitude towards the public. It says they despise their own audience."
And that quote was published in the November 15, 1969 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine. You can read the whole piece here, it’s definitely worth a peruse. As per the date of original publication, concertgoers were being asked to fork over $8.50 tops for tickets to the Stones’ tour supporting their album Let It Bleed. At the time, other top acts like The Doors had ticket prices topping out at $6.50. Today, that would get you a venti frappucino and a dirty look from the barista because you’d have nothing left for the tip.
The reporting in the week or so since the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao announcement has highlighted how expensive tickets to the bout are on the secondary market, where tickets are being listed in the thousands of dollars. However, while the big numbers get all the news, there often isn't much context. What does it mean to be really pricey?
It was a big week for rock band AC/DC at TicketNetwork.com. Tickets for the band's upcoming Rock or Bust Tour placed in the top spot of the selling artists list for the past week*. One of the tour dates helpful to that achievement was the September show in Edmonton, Alberta, which beat out Chicago to become the leading city in Monday's onsale. Over 20% of tickets sold so far for the tour have been for the Edmonton show.
Edmonton as a city, wasn't the only winner. Alberta also led on a province/state level with more ticket sales than California. That's quite the feat when California is hosting two shows in September compared to Alberta's one show.
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.
*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.