Tickets to the Super Bowl is always one of the toughest things to get unless you're made of money and not afraid to spend it.
Every year, NFL fans are willing to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars just to get a seat for the biggest game of the year. Even if it means obstructed views, nosebleeds, or sitting behind that one fan who is wearing a nine-foot-tall costume of some sort.
Sunday saw the matchup for Super Bowl LIII set as the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams controversially punched their tickets to Atlanta, where they will meet in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It's one of the newest crown jewels of the NFL, opening in 2017, as the home of the Falcons can seat up to 77,000 patrons, though that number will likely be even higher for the Super Bowl.
The thing is, tickets are necessarily trending in the right direction and it might be because of the supposed dream matchup that many accused the NFL of wanting more than anything.
On paper, Patriots/Rams is an extension of the fierce Boston vs. Los Angeles rivalry that was forged by the Celtics and Lakers before the Red Sox and Dodgers refueled the feud in the 2018 World Series.
The problem is despite the huge markets meeting in the Super Bowl, this game is lacking a bit of a punch.
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The Patriots are in their ninth Super Bowl in the last 18 years and while Tom Brady and New Englanders everywhere are rejoicing in the extension of one of the greatest dynasties in sports, NFL fans as a whole are largely bored by the constant appearance of the Patriots at the peak.
As for the Rams, they are only in their third season in Los Angeles after spending 21 years in St. Louis from 1995-2015. Their return, along with the arrival of the Chargers, has gifted Los Angeles with another chance to accept the NFL in a market in which the game has struggled. The Chargers, Rams, and Raiders all had previous stints in Los Angeles before being shipped out of town.
How much does a Super Bowl ticket cost?
It doesn't look like Rams, Patriots, or neutral football fans are chomping at the bit to get into Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Feb. 3 compared to year's past.
According to initial data collected by Ticket Club, the average ticket price to get into Super Bowl LIII is at $3,926. That's over $1,000 less than the average $4,935 from last season's Super Bowl when the Philadelphia Eagles upset the Patriots. Only the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina had a higher average price than Super Bowl LII in the previous four years (this was before the 2018 World Cup), per VividSeats.
At the moment, Super Bowl LIII average ticket prices are the lowest since Super Bowl XLIX, which was back in 2015 between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. While that game will be remembered for a Seahawks blowout, it was also the first time a Super Bowl was played outdoors in a cold-weather setting as MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ was the venue.