Ticket Prices Dropping for Super Bowl LI

Ticket Prices Dropping for Super Bowl LI
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Attending the Super Bowl might not be a pipedream after all.

With the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots meeting in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston next Sunday, prices for tickets on the resale market have dropped steadily since the conclusion of the Conference Championship round.

On TicketIQ, a search engine that pools tickets from over 90 percent of the resale market, Super Bowl tickets are now averaging $5,295. That marks a 12 percent drop since Sunday night, when tickets averaged $6,045 following the Patriots’ win over the Steelers. For fans looking to just get past the gates in Houston next Sunday the cheapest tickets are now listed from $2,668 – a notable dip from Sunday’s $3,046 get-in price.

Credit that price drop to a steady influx of inventory over the last five days. Since the Falcons and Patriots clinched their respective Conference titles, nearly 1,500 more tickets have hit the market. Just over 1,200 Super Bowl tickets were available on Sunday. As of Friday morning, more than 2,700 tickets were on the resale market. Should quantity continue to rise, fans can expect prices to continue their downward trend. Consult the official TicketIQ Super Bowl buying guide for the latest price trends and happenings around Houston during Super Bowl week.

A declining ticket market shouldn’t be the only thing fans take advantage of before Super Bowl Sunday. Travel will be a major factor to consider when booking a trip to Houston. According to Priceline.com, round-trip flights to Houston from Boston and Atlanta are near identical in price, with Boston flights starting from $638 and Atlanta flights from $624. Flying from other major U.S. cities will be slightly cheaper, with round-trip flights from New York going for $608, Chicago from $469 and Los Angeles from just $430.

Hotel costs will be a little lighter on the wallet. When booking a three-night stay between February 3 and 6, 2-star hotels in Houston start from $68 per night. 3-star hotels can be found from $126 each night.

The Falcons return to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1999. It will be their second appearance in the game in franchise history. The Patriots enter their record ninth Super Bowl, more than any other team in NFL history. They seek their seventh Super Bowl win and fifth under the direction of head coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady under center.

Jesse Lawrence is the CEO of TicketIQ.com, a leading online ticket search engine.

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