At least they have a good football team. After being battered by Katrina, screwed by F.E.M.A, and now doused in an endless stream of oil courtesy of B.P, the greatest injustice of all for residents of the gulf coast region would be having to endure another embarrassing season of football by the ‘Aints. Luckily for their fans, Drew Brees and Co. took it upon themselves to bring a sliver of happiness into the endless pit of misfortune that is New Orleans, and won the first Super Bowl in franchise history in early 2010. The party that ensued put Mardi Gras to shame, and it appears that the era of good feelings in the Big Easy has yet to dissipate. When the NFL announced that the 2010 season would commence on a Thursday night in New Orleans in early September, against the hated Minnesota Vikings, in a rematch of last season’s NFC title game, the squeals of excited Saints fans were heard all across the country. We here at SeatGeek decided to see whether that excitement and enthusiasm translated into higher secondary market ticket prices, and the answer is a resounding YES.
As you can see from the graph, tickets for this game are transacting at an average price of $304.89, almost twice the average price of $154.78 for tickets across all regular season games in the upcoming 2010 season. This game is also selling for a significantly higher price than the average Saints home game which is transacting at $176.58, well above the league average, but much less than the season opener. We also compared this year’s kickoff event to last season’s, in which the defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers hosted their conference rivals the Tennessee Titans, who were coming off of a 13-3 campaign in 2008, and were perceived to be one of the best teams in the league at the time. However, that game traded at a relatively low price of $196.20. This is surprising considering the Steelers have one of the most rabid fan bases in the world of sports, and consistently have some of the highest secondary ticket transaction prices in the NFL. Clearly as New Orleans dodges oil slicks and hurricanes, the one thing it’s citizens love to turn their attention to is football. And for once, with the core of their championship team still intact, the Saints don’t look like they’ll disappoint.
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