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By Nathan Frandino
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (Reuters) – Super Bowl ticket patrons are dealing with a value surge for Sunday’s championship sport owing to the dazzling, neon-lit setting of first-time host Las Vegas and 49ers followers’ hopes to reverse their 2020 loss to the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Ticket resale platform StubHub predicted it may find yourself because the most expensive Super Bowl ever with the common ticket value bought round $8,600, barely above the worth for the Los Angeles Super Bowl two years in the past.
“As we sit here on the Thursday before the Super Bowl, demand continues to rise… certainly, not compared to last year, we’re much higher than that,” Adam Budelli, spokesperson for StubHub, instructed Reuters. “The average ticket price sold is right around $8,600, which is in line and slightly above the LA Super Bowl two years ago. So currently, we are on the pace that this may end up being the most expensive ever, but it’s a little bit early to make that call.”
He stated 38% of gross sales had been from the state of California, in contrast with 10% from Missouri and Kansas.
Fans from either side have complained that ticket prices are too excessive and a few say they’ll fly residence from Vegas if that does not change.
“You know, it’s just out of touch for the average guy, it really, really is,” Chiefs fan Keith Jennings stated along with his household on the fan expertise zone in Vegas.
Jennings and his household plan to fly again to Kansas City on Sunday morning earlier than kick-off if they can not supply tickets at an inexpensive charge – though he stated he was keen to pay up to $3,000 for a seat.
“That would be tough but we would do it,” he stated. “We’re going to have a good time, and we’ll go home and watch the football game and watch Kansas City win.”
Standing exterior a media middle in Las Vegas hoping to catch glimpses of gamers, brothers Jerry and David Vang stated they could not afford the tickets both and can fly again to California to watch the sport with fellow 49ers followers.
Jerry, a trainer and David, an insurance coverage employee, stated they’d love to cheer for his or her group at Allegiant Stadium however could not afford tickets.
“I think right now… it is kind of out of touch with what the fan base wants,” Jerry stated.
“I’d love to be there to cheer on my squad. Hopefully we get one, it’s been 30 years (since 49ers won the Super Bowl). But yeah, it’s just too expensive,” David stated, including that he would be keen to pay $500 for a ticket.
(This story has been refiled to take away an additional phrase in paragraph 7)