NFC title game set to be most expensive Seattle sporting event in four years

Jan 16, 2014, 9:37 AM | Updated: 9:39 am

By Dan Groob
Special to 710Sports.com

As the Seahawks prepare to host the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, the ticket demand among the Seattle faithful has escalated secondary-market ticket prices for the conference championship showdown to the highest of any NFL game this season short of the Super Bowl.

Currently, you cannot get in to CenturyLink Field for any less than $371. At an average price of $802, NFC title game tickets have increased 9 percent in the past week. This average price represents a 9.1 percent premium over AFC Championship Game tickets, which have declined 30 percent in the past week despite the Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning narrative.

While the NFC title game is the single most expensive sporting event in Seattle over the past four years since TiqIQ began tracking the data, it is not uncommon for Seahawks tickets in general to price near the top of the NFL tickets market. Only Chicago Bears tickets sold for a higher average price on the secondary market during the regular season this year. Seahawks playoff tickets also set the league-high watermark for the divisional round at an average price $457 for the game against the Saints.

With such lofty ticket prices throughout the regular season and playoffs, it is reasonable to expect that Super Bowl prices will not be a major deterrent for the 12th Man to travel well should the Seahawks win Sunday. Of course there is also the cross-country trip to New York City, but given that Seahawks face-price options are trading at significant premiums to those of the three other teams still remaining, the lengthy flight does not appear to be a significant deterrent, either.

Still, Super Bowl tickets remain king of the market. On pace to be the most expensive major championship ticket this year, Super Bowl tickets currently hold an average price of $3,840. While this average price reflects an 11 percent increase over the past week since conference championship matchups have been set, you can still get in to the Super Bowl for as little as $2,411.

Dan Groob writes for TiqIQ.com, which offers pricing data and deals on tickets for sports, music, comedy and theater events.

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