Gambling On Flipping Super Bowl Ticket Prices May Be Bad Idea

Written By J.R. Duren on February 4, 2022
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Betting on flipping Super Bowl LVI tickets for a profit like an NFT oracle? You’re likely out of luck. TheLines found Super Bowl ticket prices for this year’s game at brand new SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles are near all-time highs on the aftermarket.

$13,965
$14,577
$5,044
$6,348
$20,087

If you’re looking for a ticket to the Super Bowl this year, those are the prices you’ll have to deal with, depending on seat location. Resale tickets are the second-highest in history and are hovering around $9,000, on average.

For football fans looking for that once-in-a-lifetime trip to watch the Los Angeles Rams play the Cincinnati Bengals, the trip will require a once-in-a-lifetime grimace for most as they type in their credit card number to buy tickets.

For those who are looking to make a quick buck, beware. Prices are already going down from early-week highs.

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2022 prices lower than 2021, but more tickets sold

At the time of publishing, tickets were available across multiple platforms and have been available for weeks. Sales started to climb on January 28 and peaked the day before the conference championship games. Prices, however, did not move much over those two days.

Earlier this week, the average for Super Bowl ticket prices on SeatGeek peaked at $10,427, but that average has now dropped to $8,698. The cheapest ticket available on StubHub is $4,799 before fees and $6,413 after fees. Copmared to previous years (not counting 2021), ticket prices are high for this year’s game. In an interview with CNN, StubHub Spokesman Adam Budelli said the high prices boil down to one reason.

“This is L.A, the entertainment capital of [the] world, where prices for everything are through the roof,” he said. “This is a perfect storm.”

As far as who is buying those tickets, SeatGeek data indicates the highest concentration of tickets being sold in Southern California and the 95 corridor that stretches from the Baltimore/D.C. area all the way to New York. Coincidentally, Google data shows prices for flights from New York to L.A. spike from $123 the Thursday before the game to $256 on the Friday before the game.

Buying tickets to flip them is a gamble

The drop in average ticket prices over the past few days isn’t a good sign for those looking to make a quick buck off flipping.

History indicates that prices tend to spike after the conference championships and then remain steady or decline through Super Bowl Sunday, according to SeatGeek data:

  • 2013: Prices peaked on Jan. 28 and dropped by half over the next two weeks.
  • 2014: Prices peaked around the second week of January and dropped by half by game day.
  • 2015: Prices remained tame through January and tripled thanks to a huge surge in prices in the days leading up to the game.
  • 2016: Prices peaked the last week of January and declined by around $2,000 by game day.
  • 2017: Prices peaked on January 21, dropped by nearly $2,000 then next day, rose by nearly $2,000 over the next week, then dropped by $2,000 during the week leading up to the Super Bowl.
  • 2018: Prices peaked on January 26, fell by $2,000 by February 7, then surged $2,000 in the next few days before dropping by $2,000 on game day.
  • 2019: Ticket prices hovered between $4,000 and $6,000 through January before dropping around $1,000 in the days leading up to the game.
  • 2020: Prices spike nearly $2,000 in the days leading up to the game.
  • 2021: Ticket prices exceeded $16,000 on January 29, then plummeted to around $6,000 by game day.

More often than not in the past nine years, tickets prices have decreased after spiking in January. Only 2015 and 2020 saw significant price increases after the Super Bowl teams were decided.

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J.R. Duren has written for a wide variety of publications, both online and print, including Snooth, the Villages Daily Sun, Bespoke Post, Our Amazing Norway, and Barcelona Metropolitan. He has thrice been recognized as a winner of the Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism contest.

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