If you are a football fan who loves the pigskin as much as the tailgating pulled pork and ribs, ticket search engine SeatGeek has some stealthy ways to get your hands on the best seats possible without shelling out more than your mortgage payment for an afternoon of rowdy fan fun.
1. Patience is your friend. The closer you can wait to game day, the better the discount. Analysis of ticket sales data from the past three NFL seasons indicates that ticket prices in the 24 to 48 hours prior to the game are about 30% lower on average than the price of tickets purchased two to three weeks in advance. A week before, it’s still 18% to 20% higher.These numbers hold true even for the Super Bowl.
2. Definitely stick baby in the corner. Go for seats in a lower level corner (ones outside the 20-yard line) or for end zone tickets. You’ll still see the game up close, but boy, is it cheaper. The average NFL corner ticket is 34% less expensive than a midfield ticket — end zones are 42% cheaper.
3. Hit the road, Jack. If you follow one of the teams whose tickets command top prices — e.g. the New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, New York Giants — you can save as much as $200 per ticket by taking a road trip to see the team play in another stadium. Seat Geek has the numbers to back this up.
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