Astronomical cost of tickets for this year’s Super Bowl make it second-most expensive of all time
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The average price of a ticket for the Super Bowl has skyrocketed, making it the second-most expensive championship ever for fans.
Despite this, the State Farm Stadium has almost sold every ticket to Super Bowl LVII with just 3,400 seats left in the 63,000-seater venue.
It’s expected to be an intense final to 57th games, as the Kanas City Chiefs take on the Philadelphia Eagles at the Arizona stadium.
In addition to the on-field rivalry, Rihanna will be taking to the stage during the iconic halftime show – ending a five-year hiatus for the 'Umbrella' singer.
As you would expect, the halftime show doesn't come cheap, with production costs for Shakira and Jennifer Lopez's 2020 performance rumoured to stretch to $13 million, costs the NFL will be keen to recoup through ticket sales.
However, if you'd expect Rihanna to walk away with a massive cheque then you'd be mistaken - Super Bowl performers aren't paid a penny, according to Forbes.
Instead, they agree to put on a massive show purely for exposure, with over 200 million viewers tuning into last year's event.
While RiRi's star power has lured many fans to the stadium, others will be disappointedly watching from home due to the increasing ticket prices.
Though they’ll get to enjoy the hilarious ad breaks, including an appearance from Bryan Cranston as Walter White, these won’t make up for missing the live atmosphere.
But if you want to watch from the stands, it's going to cost you.
Even the cheapest seats are selling for over $5,000 ($4,100), with fans cramming into the back rows.
Those hoping to get closer to the action will have to stump even more, with some ticket packages costing up to $31,000 (£25,500).
The average price of tickets for this year's Super Bowl is $8,837 (£7,200), according to Forbes.
In previous years, fans had been able to reduce the cost by purchasing tickets in advance, but this is not the case this year.
TicketiQ has crunched the numbers and found that prices are still fluctuating daily, with some of the cheapest seats only becoming available just three days before the big game in recent years.
Buying online from resellers is only slightly cheaper than last year’s average price, when the Los Angeles Rams faced off against the Cincinnati Bengals.
While fans may be feeling the pinch this year, it’s nothing compared to the cost of tickets for the first final after the pandemic.
The 2021 match between the Kanas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers had an eye watering average ticket price of $14,000 (£11,555), as fans rushed to enjoy the highly anticipated game.
Kick off for this year's Super Bowl is at 6.30pm ET on Sunday 12 February.