How much do tickets for 49ers vs Eagles NFL Championship game cost?
Tickets to the NFC Championship Game are already sold out, just minutes after Ticketmaster general sale went live. And gouging is the theme.
When I was a kid, back in the late 70s and early 80s, you could go to a regular season football game for $5. Nosebleed seats of course, but hey, you could get in for pocket change. A playoff ticket was about $10 and the Super Bowl was $20 or $30.
Inflation has changed the value of a dollar to be sure, but it is not like that $30 was a ton of money, even then. It was about what you would earn in a day at a minimum wage job. Maybe a day and a half.
Fast forward and a ticket to last year’s Super Bowl would have set you back over $900, and that is only if you paid face value. A minimum wage worker would need to toil for over three weeks to earn that kind of dough.
NFC Championship Game ticket prices
On Ticketmaster, the cheapest tickets that we could find were $660, and that is right up at the very top above the end zone. The worst seats conceivable. That same nosebleed seat but along one of the sidelines? $780.
If you should be one of those snooty fans who actually wants to see the game being played? Oh pardon me, your highness, I had no idea! That lower level sideline seat will be yours for only $2100, unless you would prefer to sit near the visiting team’s bench, where $1700 would be sufficient.
StubHub has slightly cheaper tickets, starting at $635, but they are standing room only. In today’s NFL, that extra $25 that you save might buy you one beer.
If you are one of the hoity-toity who actually want to sit, you can look to pay from $685 at the top of the end zone rafters going up to $5400 to sit behind the Eagles bench.
NFL killing live football for fans
For most dedicated fans, these prices are simply insane. The game is now about tourists having a “once in a lifetime” experience, rather than purists having a weekly experience.
Please, NFL, we are begging of you not to go down this road. Pretty please, with sugar on top.
The perfect example is last year’s Super Bowl at Sofi, a travesty that must never be repeated. Nearly everyone in the stadium was there simply to be seen. It was the “it” spot, the happening gig, and all of the celebs and hangers-on just wanted to have their photo taken. Nobody inside the stadium cared much about the game on the field. And the fans who really did care? Outside, watching it all on TV.
Just like the NFC Championship Game is shaping up to be as well.