Some facts and figures about the 2009 Super Bowl, known to fans of the Roman Empire as Super Bowl XLIII.
Super Bowl date: February 1, 2009
Kickoff Time: Approximately 6:20 PM EST
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Super Bowl XLIII television coverage: NBC
Super Bowl XLIII face value ticket prices $800-$1000 each
Percentage of average fans who get the chance to buy tickets: 1% (random drawing)
There is a growing number of Super Bowl ticket collectors out there and one fascinating part of that part of the hobby is being able to actually chart the face value of Super Bowl ticket prices through the years. 2009 Super Bowl tickets have hit $1,000 for the first time. That’s if you can somehow score them at face value. Most brokers and those selling on eBay have been getting $2000-3000 each. It’s a startling jump from where the league set prices not that long ago.
Tickets to the first Super Bowl ranged from $6 to $12. They were $12 in Super Bowl II and III. Held at $15 for IV to VIII, then rose to $20, 30, $40, $60, $75 and finally, $100 for Super Bowl XXII and XXIII. From the 1990s on, Super Bowl ticket prices jumped at least every other year except in the mid-1990s when they held at $325 for three seasons.
Prices have really skyrocketed in the last 15 years though. For Super Bowl XXIX, played in 1994, face value was still $200. Top tickets for the 2009 Super Bowl will be five times more expensive. Yet not only will all of Raymond James Stadium’s 72,000 seats be filled, they could probably fill it two or three more times without a problem. The Super Bowl is still a magnet for those with the means–and a once in a lifetime trip for those who need to scrimp.
Super Bowl memorabilia is still hot, too. Over 6,000 Super Bowl-related items were listed on eBay as of Sunday.