Official cost for Super Bowl Tickets Now $1,000
The NFL confirmed today that as much as one-quarter of the tickets for this year's Super Bowl XLIII will be priced at $1,000. As a countermeasure, the league also announced they will drop the price of some seats for the game, which will take February 1 in Tampa Bay. One thousand tickets tickets at Raymond James Stadium will cost $500. Last year, similar seats cost $700. This marks the first time the league has cut prices for their showcase event.
It's the second straight year prices have been increased, and comes a week after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, citing the league's difficulty in financing new stadiums, told reporters that the sport is not recession proof.
The cost of the average Super Bowl ticket has increased 146 percent the past 10 years, compared with a 34 percent rise in the consumer price index. Even with the jump in face value, some tickets to the last championship game were selling on Internet auction site EBay Inc. for more than $4,000 a piece.
Such heady prices are a far cry from the ticket prices for the first Super Bowls back in the 1960s. The top ticket for Super Bowls I through III cost a whopping $12.