So your team is going to the Super Bowl. Great! Now how many tickets can I put you down for?
Players for the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers are allotted 15 tickets each for the Feb. 7 game, but here’s the rub: Only two of them are free. The rest cost $1,800 each, reverting back to the team if they go unclaimed. That creates a logistical flurry almost immediately after the conference championship game.
USA Today’s Jeff Gluck talked to some Panthers players about the politics involved with ticket distribution:
[Safety Tre] Boston said players had “literally 24 hours” to get their requests in, and he said calling around to make sure family members were set was “the craziest thing I’ve ever heard.”
“You get 15 (tickets), but you’ve got to pay like $1800 for them all,” Boston said. “Family thinks they’re free. Family’s all trying to come like, ‘Oh, I’ve been there since the beginning.’ Alright, well I hope you’ve got $1,800.” …
Fullback Mike Tolbert made sure his wife, kids, mother and sister got tickets, then shut down pretty much everyone else.
“I’m one guy who you can honestly look at and say I don’t have a problem saying, “No,’ ” he said.
Broncos punter Britton Colquitt and his wife just had a baby, and it wasn’t their first child. Oh, you have an infant. Adorable. That will be $1,800, please. Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post explains:
One downside of making it to the Super Bowl: limited tickets. Players are often swamped with requests from friends and family, but punter Britton Colquitt has a different problem.
“There’s no age limit to tickets. It’s $1,800 for our week-old daughter we just had. It’s kind of crazy,” Colquitt said. “You won’t remember, but I’m paying for it.”
The Super Bowl is obviously a hot ticket and, as MMQB’s Robert Klemko reported last year, there’s money to be made by the players on the secondary market, even if the NFL forbids them from re-selling their tickets for above face value:
“You can make anywhere between $3,000 and $4,000 on each extra ticket,” said one Seattle defensive player, who asked for anonymity. “I sold eight. Some go to teammates, but most guys hand their extras off to agents, who sell them for a small cut. Pretty much everybody knows about it now. Word travels fast.”
A league spokesman told The MMQB that if a team’s employees were found to have engaged in reselling tickets at above face value, those individuals and the club would be fined.
Said a Seattle lineman: “I don’t see anything wrong with it. Somebody’s gonna make money off of it, so why shouldn’t we?”
What what about you, Joe the Fan? The cheapest ticket on StubHub as of Friday morning — one for a seat in the farthest reaches of Levis Stadium’s upper deck — was going for $3,225.