2018 Super Bowl Ticket Prices Rise to Record Average of $5,415

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2018

Images of the Lombardi trophy are seen on the tail of the New England Patriots' team plane as the team arrives for the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Minneapolis. New England is scheduled to face the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles fans will have to pay a pretty penny to get into Sunday's Super Bowl in Minneapolis.

According to A.J. Perez of USA Today, "the average price for a ticket sold on StubHub as of Tuesday afternoon was $5,415, in excess of $1,000 more than the average price of the most expensive Super Bowl tracked (Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos)."

Perez noted secondary ticket markets such as StubHub have tracked prices throughout the last decade.

Perez reported Pennsylvania purchasers make up 14 percent of the StubHub market to 11 percent from Massachusetts, while SeatGeek has 18 percent of buyers from the Philadelphia area and 11 percent from the Boston area.

"I think there was a thought as soon as the Vikings lost that there'd be a huge dip, but there's still been high demand," StubHub spokesperson Cameron Papp said, per Perez. "The Eagles fans have surprised us."

It makes sense on the surface that Philadelphia fans would be more willing to pay the high prices this year considering their franchise has never won a Lombardi Trophy and the Patriots are attempting to win their third in four years. This stage is old hat for New England supporters, even if Tom Brady could further cement his legacy with his sixth ring.

The Eagles will have to deal with the gold standard of the sport if they are going to finally capture a Super Bowl title. Brady and Bill Belichick were the Patriots' quarterback and coach in 2005 when New England beat Philadelphia in Super Bowl XXXIX—and will be once again Sunday.

If the secondary market numbers are any indication, though, the Eagles will at least have support in the crowd.

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