Bears-Packers Rivalry Spikes Ticket Prices
Tickets for next Sunday's much-anticipated NFC championship game at Chicago's Soldier Field may rival the Super Bowl in price. The reason of course is the heated rivalry between the Bears and Wisconsin's Green Bay Packers. In the long-standing Midwestern battle royal this is only the second time that the teams have met in the playoffs.
The Chicago Tribune reports that even the worst seats in the frosty upper outreaches of the stadium are selling for around $500 a seat on the secondary market. At StubHub.com seats range from $446 to $20,000 a ticket for the second row. The pricer tickets are generally in the United Club. Local brokers told the Tribune they haven't seen this kind of demand for tickets since the glory days of the Chicago Bulls back in the 1990s. SeatGeek.com shows average seats around $500 from various sources. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Packers blog says that when the Packers competed against the Giants in the NFC game in at Lambeau Field prices averaged over $700 each.
Tickets for the AFC game between the Jets and the Steelers are also listed for high prices on the secondary market. By comparison on StubHub prices for that game are from $109 to $10,000. Super Bowl tickets are listed from $2889 to $469,424.
For the Chicago game a limited number of face-value tickets will go on sale at 2 p.m. Tuesday through Ticketmaster priced at $134 to $586 with a four-ticket limit. Expect a mad scramble.
If you are feeling lucky you can buy a raffle ticket for a pair of seats being auctioned off to benefit the Jay Cutler Foundation. The prize includes two premium seats, two pre-game field passes, two-night accommodations, a $1,000 travel allowance, a $500 allowance for meals and other expenses, an autographed Jay Culter Chicago Bears Mini Helmet and a cash prize in the amount of $1,089.00 to mitigate the Winner's tax liability that results from winning the raffle. Tickets are just $2.