When the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos meet for this year’s Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2, they’ll be playing at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. — just a two-hour drive from Hartford.
So near and yet so far away.
While getting to the Meadowlands Sports Complex might be an easy trip for Connecticut residents, getting a ticket for the 48th Super Bowl is a lot more difficult.
The NFL has some ticket packages available at NFLOnLocation.com, but no cheap seats. A Game Day package, which includes a sideline, corner or end zone seat, pre-and post game refreshments and a souvenir program and lanyard, will cost you $7,299, (parking not included). Add in a three-night hotel stay and that cost jumps to $9,199.
At secondary ticket sites, including eBay, StubHub.com and Tiqiq.com, single tickets range from just under $3,000 to close to a million dollars.
If you opt for the secondary-market route, proceed with caution. Each year, fraudulent ticket scams appear on Craigslist and other websites. Experts advise consumers to deal with official sources for tickets such as those endorsed by the team or those that are members of the National Association of Ticket Brokers. (These businesses screen ticket offers and take other measures to protect consumers from ticket fraud.)
Some brokers require you to buy two or more tickets and add services fees of as much as 10 percent, so be sure to check the fine print before making any purchases.
The NFL runs its own secondary resale marketplace, the NFL Ticket Exchange at NFLTicketExchange.com. The site, operated by Ticketmaster, validates all tickets to ensure their authenticity before selling.
“For NFL fans, the Super Bowl represents the ultimate game day experience. Through NFL Ticket Exchange, we are able to provide fans the most secure and convenient marketplace available to buy authentic Super Bowl XLVIII tickets,” said Chris Hardart, NFL Vice President of Corporate Development in a press release.
Plenty of fans — with and without tickets — will be heading to the area for game-related activities. The NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee expects about 400,000 visitors will be in the New York City metropolitan area in the days leading up to the game and there are dozens of events scheduled, including free concerts, two-for-one Broadway tickets and even football fashion shows. Information on travel, transportation and parking and a full calendar of events are available at www.nynjsuperbowl.com.