The Super Bowl is basically a national holiday. Only Thanksgiving has Americans consuming more food on any one day on a yearly average, while the biggest game of the NFL season is routinely one of the most watched programs in all of television every year. Needless to say, there’s little wonder why Super Bowl tickets are constantly in high demand and difficult to obtain.
From the electric half-time show that has featured icons such as the Rolling Stones and Madonna in year’s past, to the game itself that boasts the league’s top two teams from the AFC and NFC conferences, the Super Bowl rarely disappoints. As good as the game usually is, sometimes the half-time theatrics themselves can make Super Bowl tickets worth the purchase.
No one can forget the Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction” via Justin Timberlake not so long ago, while Michael Jackson, The New Kids on the Block and Paul McCartney have livened up the break between halves for sports’ biggest event.
But it’s those two halves that truly make the Super Bowl the greatest championship game in all of sports, as well as the top two teams in the league squaring off for all of the world to see. Half of the excitement comes from how they even got to that point, however, as both teams have to fight through a grueling 16-game schedule and then out-last five other teams in three playoff rounds. Once at the top, it would be understandable for even the biggest stars to simply be content with even reaching the Super Bowl, but somehow players who get paid to play the game of football have kept their focus enough to make 20 of the NFL’s 40+ title games competitive battles (decided by 10 points or less).
After all, it’s only natural that somes of these games would get out of hand, and very quickly at that. The simple fact is that two teams have to (or get to) appear in this game, but just because two teams show up, doesn’t mean that they’re going to be necessarily evenly matched. Despite more than enough of the Super Bowl games being closely contested, NFL fans have seen their fair share of one-sided matchups. While some may say that a blowout makes for a weak game, there is the argument that the winning team’s fans are certainly entertained, while anytime a team goes off for 40+ points in a game, it’s still worth tuning into.
In fact, the Super Bowl has only been blessed enough to see two 50+ point performances in it’s history. While they were clearly blowouts with the San Francisco 49ers thrashing the Denver Broncos 55-10 in 1990 and the Dallas Cowboys crushing the Buffalo Bills 51-17 in 1993, they were remarkable feats that only came to be two times.
The Super Bowl has seen six games total with a team topping 40 or more points, while 23 games have had at least one of the teams cross the 30-point barrier. Needless to say, the Super Bowl is a delicious mix bag of explosive scoring or heated competition. Over time, it’s become quite clear that regardless of the outcome, Super Bowl tickets in a sense pay for themselves.
As we’ve seen throughout history, Super Bowl tickets have become a rarity in the sense that they’re directly associated with some of the greatest moments in NFL history, and to be able to say you attended a historic NFL event in person is akin to being a part of that history, yourself. From it’s humble beginnings with the Green Bay Packers winning the first two Super Bowls over the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, to the recent dominance of the New York Giants, the game has always been a coveted time in sports, and puts the finishing touches each season on arguably sports’ most influential game.
Names like Bart Starr, Joe Namath, Roger Staubach and Terry Bradshaw swept over the 1960’s and 1970’s. Joe Montana and Jerry Rice ruled the 1980’s. Emmitt Smith and his Cowboys had people thinking dynasty in the 1990’s. And in the past decade, dynasty talk arose again with the New England Patriots and New York Giants winning multiple titles.
As much weight as the big names and final outcome often carry, sometimes the best part of the Super Bowl is simply watching how some of the game’s best talent performs when the pressure is on. When the whole world is watching, it seems some of the best players either cave or excel in the moment.
This line of thinking was magnified over a career for guys like Jim Kelly, Fran Tarkenton and John Elway. As great as these three Hall of Fame quarterbacks were, they seemed to save their worst for the biggest game of their lives. Kelly routinely came up short during Buffalo’s still record four-straight Super Bowl appearances, with only one of the games being close. Tarkenton also wasn’t on top of his game, as he was a part of three Super Bowl defeats with the Minnesota Vikings. Elway wasn’t much better, as his teams were routinely blown out in his first three Super Bowl appearances. Rich Gannon is a one-timer that comes to mind, as he entered Super Bowl XXXVII as one of the top passers in the league, only to toss a back-breaking five interceptions in a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
On the flip-side, players like Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice saved their best for the biggest games of their lives. All five players hold numerous Super Bowl records, while only Rice has ever lost a Super Bowl (with the Raiders). Montana’s long-time backup Steve Young even was able to forever step out of Joe Cool’s shadow by throwing a Super Bowl record six passing scores in his only Super Bowl win over the San Diego Chargers in 1995.
Over the course of Super Bowl history, there have been big-time performances from individuals, but in the end everything circles back to the teams. After all, it’s a team game, and because of this clear fact it’s no surprise that some of the same teams have shown up time and time again on the NFL’s biggest stage.
The Pittsburgh Steelers carry the biggest stick in terms of Super Bowl staying power, as they hold a record six wins in the NFL’s championship game. Pittsburgh is also tied with the Dallas Cowboys for most Super Bowl appearances with eight, while the Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers come in second behind the Steelers with an impressive five Super Bowl wins. In fact, the 49ers are the only team that has appeared in the Super Bowl more than once and has never lost.
Speaking of losing, the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings are famous for the wrong stat, as they lead the league with most Super Bowl losses (four), while they have also never emerged as the victors of the big game. The Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles have also struck out in their two tries, while the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans have never even appeared in a Super Bowl (at the time of this writing).
Whether fans are tracking the journey of a powerhouse team, a wild card’s crazy run or an individual player’s journey, Super Bowl tickets are always tough to get but worth the wait and price once you’re in the stands and forever a part of one of the game’s biggest moments.
Super Bowl XLVIII will be an historic one. With the game being played on February 2nd, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, it will be the first cold-weather, outdoor, Super Bowl. And despite the potential for below freezing temperatures, demand for Super Bowl XLVIII tickets are likely to be the most expensive Super Bowl tickets we've ever seen. According to the International Business Times, banks and financial firms are dominating sponsorship spots for the 2014 Super Bowl. So far, Wall Street accounts for 12 out of the 29 host sponsors. Those include Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and JP Morgan Chase just to name a few. Other companies like Budweiser and Verizon will also be forking over the million dollars to be host sponsors.
The Super Bowl has a long, rich history, with many different pairings of the current 32-team league setting, and in many different locations. However, for the most part, die hard fans have been purchasing Super Bowl tickets for games in three storied locations: New Orleans, Miami and Los Angeles (with Miami leading the way with 10 hosted Super Bowls).
Not only are the above three locations highly populated areas and have their own intrigue as major cities, but they also meet the NFL’s requirement of providing a stadium for the game that has the temperature at or above 50 degrees. In New Orleans’ case, a roof (dome) helps make this possible, while Los Angeles and Miami simply don’t often get cold weather. This helps maintain the value of Super Bowl tickets, as it for the most part ensures that the game will not be affected by climate or weather circumstances.
The right venue does more than just ensure ideal weather, however. In fact, some locations have allowed over 100,000 fans to grace the stands in the past. The NFL’s most important game got started back in 1967 with the Packers beating the Chiefs 35-10, with just 61,946 people on site to witness the game. That number jumped up by nearly 14,000 heads the next season when the Packers topped the Raiders, 33-14.
It wasn’t until 1973 that the Super Bowl hit the 90,000 mark, but from that point on the game saw steady rise in fan participation. Not only were more people buying tickets and treating the biggest football game of the year as just that, but stadiums were seating more people. More importantly, the league was actively finding ways to get more people in games, and hammering down locations that could fill their needs.
Four years later in 1977, the NFL saw the Super Bowl break the 100,000 mark. A then record 103,438 fans purchased Super Bowl tickets for a matchup between the Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings. Attendance was in the high 70,000’s the next two seasons until the Super Bowl returned to the spot where the most fans have been able to watch the Super Bowl in one spot in NFL history - in Pasadena, California at the Rose Bowl. A record 103,985 people watched that game live, and another 101,667 bought tickets for the Redskins vs. Dolphins battle in 1983.
The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California has hosted four Super Bowl games over the years, with all four bringing in well over 100,000 fans. While Pasadena holds the record for Super Bowl attendance, it’s a record that could be inching towards being broken. Dallas Cowboys ambitious owner Jerry Jones had a new stadium built, and it saw a whopping 103,219 fans sit and watch a closely battled Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011. It took over 20 years for a Super Bowl game to cross the 100,000 fan plateau again, but it happened in Dallas and with the game’s popularity and NFL stadiums being remodeled or built brand new seemingly every other year, it’s a record that is sure to fall again.
The NFL’s biggest game has come a long way from the days where one of the two teams in the Super Bowl would host the game. Instead, the location is now decided upon long before the game, with cites placing bids. Ultimately, the NFL owners decide on the location of where fans will be purchasing their Super Bowl tickets and typically make a decision 3-5 years before the game is to be played.
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11-19-13: New Jersey residents with homes near MetLife Stadium have begun renting out their homes to out-of-town fans for the week leading up to the Super Bowl. Some are even asking for as much as $30,000 for the week.
11-7-13: The National Football League has raised prices for Super Bowl Tickets at MetLife Stadium. Now, Super Bowl tickets will starts at $800.
10-21-13: This Friday will mark 100 days until Super Bowl XLVIII. Two events will mark this day in the area. The first of the two will be on Thursday, October 24th when the president of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, Alfred Kelly, Jr., along with other committee members, will appears at a special Super Bowl-themed breakfast that will be hosted by the Association For a Better New York. Pam Oliver of Fox Sports will moderate the discussion.
The second of the two events will be on the 26h of October when the Super Community Blood Drive, will be on the 26h of October heads to the Newark Museum. There will be musical performances, t ours of the gallaries, and activities for kids all put together by the Latino Heritage Family Day. Visitors who donate blood will be entered into a drawing to Super Bowl tickets.
10-17-13: Six weeks into the season, several teams have proven themselves as Super Bowl contenders, while others have floundered incredibly. Coincidentally, we’ve seen some shuffling of Super Bowl odds for several teams. According to Bovada, the Denver Broncos are favored to win the Super Bowl at 5/2 while the top NFC team, the Seattle Seahawks, trails them at 11/2. The top five is rounded out by the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers at 17/2 and the New England Patriots at 9/1. The Kansas City Chiefs have seen perhaps the highest upward movement as they currently have 18/1 odds of taking home the Lombardi Trophy. Meanwhile, the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings have fallen all the way to 300/1 odds of winning the Super Bowl. That’s still much better than the Jacksonville Jaguars who currently have no posted odds at all.
9-19-13: According to reports, the NFL expects the most expensive Super Bowl tickets for this year's game at MetLife Stadium will cost $2,600 each, and that's just face value. There will be about 9,000 of these premium seats which will be more than double the $1,250 price for the highest priced Super Bowl tickets at last season's game in New Orleans. The second most expensive seats will have a face value of $1,500, which is over $500 more than comparable seats in New Orleans last year.
8-25-13: The Farmers' Almanac is predicting very cold weather for the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. They're using terms like "piercing cold," "bitterly cold" and "biting cold" to describe the upcoming winter and that cold weather is set to hit MetLife Stadium and those with Super Bowl tickets. There may also be a blizzard hitting the area at the time which could turn this Super Bowl into the Storm Bowl.
Super Bowl Results
|SUPER BOWL I||1/15/67||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10|
|SUPER BOWL II||1/14/68||Orange Bowl||Green Bay 33, Oakland 14|
|SUPER BOWL III||1/12/69||Orange Bowl ||New York Jets 16, Baltimore 7|
|SUPER BOWL IV||1/11/70||Tulane Stadium ||Kansas City 23, Minnesota 7|
|SUPER BOWL V||1/17/71||Orange Bowl ||Baltimore 16, Dallas 13|
|SUPER BOWL VI||1/16/72||Tulane Stadium||Dallas 24, Miami 3|
|SUPER BOWL VII||1/14/73||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||Miami 14, Washington 7|
|SUPER BOWL VIII||1/13/74||Rice Stadium||Miami 24, Minnesota 7|
|SUPER BOWL IX||1/12/75||Tulane Stadium||Pittsburgh 16, Minnesota 6|
|SUPER BOWL X||1/18/76||Orange Bowl||Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17|
|SUPER BOWL XI||1/9/77||Rose Bowl ||Oakland 32, Minnesota 14|
|SUPER BOWL XII||1/15/78||Superdome||Dallas 27, Denver 10|
|SUPER BOWL XIII||1/21/79||Orange Bowl ||Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31|
|SUPER BOWL XIV||1/20/80||Rose Bowl||Pittsburgh 31, Los Angeles 19|
|SUPER BOWL XV||1/25/81||Superdome||Oakland 27, Philadelphia 10|
|SUPER BOWL XVI||1/24/82||Silverdome||San Francisco 26, Cincinnati 21|
|SUPER BOWL XVII||1/30/83||Rose Bowl ||Washington 27, Miami 17|
|SUPER BOWL XVIII||1/22/84||Tampa Stadium||Los Angeles 38, Washington 9|
|SUPER BOWL XIX||1/20/85||Stanford Stadium||San Francisco 38, Miami 16|
|SUPER BOWL XX||1/26/86||Superdome||Chicago 46, New England 10|
|SUPER BOWL XXI||1/25/87||Rose Bowl ||New York Giants 39, Denver 20|
|SUPER BOWL XXII||1/31/88||Jack Murphy Stadium||Washington 42, Denver 10|
|SUPER BOWL XXIII||1/22/89||Joe Robbie Stadium||San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16|
|SUPER BOWL XXIV||1/28/90||Superdome||San Francisco 55, Denver 10|
|SUPER BOWL XXV||1/27/91||Tampa Stadium||New York Giants 20, Buffalo 19|
|SUPER BOWL XXVI||1/26/92||Metrodome||Washington 37, Buffalo 24|
|SUPER BOWL XXVII||1/31/93||Rose Bowl ||Dallas 52, Buffalo 17|
|SUPER BOWL XXVIII||1/30/94||Georgia Dome||Dallas 30, Buffalo 13|
|SUPER BOWL XXIX||1/29/95||Joe Robbie Stadium||San Francisco 49, San Diego 26|
|SUPER BOWL XXX||1/28/96||Sun Devil Stadium||Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 17|
|SUPER BOWL XXXI||1/26/97||Superdome ||Green Bay 35, New England 21|
|SUPER BOWL XXXII||1/25/98||Qualcomm Stadium||Denver 31, Green Bay 24|
|SUPER BOWL XXXIII||1/31/99||Pro Player Stadium||Denver 34, Atlanta 19|
|SUPER BOWL XXXIV||1/30/00||Georgia Dome||St. Louis 23, Tennessee 16|
|SUPER BOWL XXXV||1/28/01||Raymond James Stadium||Baltimore 34, New York Giants 7|
|SUPER BOWL XXXVI||2/3/02||Superdome||New England 20, St. Louis 17|
|SUPER BOWL XXXVII||1/26/03||Qualcomm Stadium||Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21|
|SUPER BOWL XXXVIII||2/1/04||Reliant Stadium||New England 32, Carolina 29|
|SUPER BOWL XXXIX||2/6/05||Alltel Stadium||New England 24, Philadelphia 21|
|SUPER BOWL XL||2/5/06||Ford Field||Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10|
|SUPER BOWL XLI||2/4/07||Dolphin Stadium||Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17|
|SUPER BOWL XLII||2/3/08||University of Phoenix Stadium||New York Giants 17, New England 14|
|SUPER BOWL XLIII||2/1/09||Raymond James Stadium||Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23|
|SUPER BOWL XLIV||2/7/10||Sun Life Stadium||New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17|
|SUPER BOWL XLV||2/6/11||Cowboys Stadium||Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 25|
|SUPER BOWL XLVI||2/5/12||Lucas Oil Stadium||New York Giants 21, New England 17|
|SUPER BOWL XLVII||2/3/13||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31|
12-6-13: Super Bowl tickets are currently averaging $3973, with a get-in price of $2899.
12-5-13: The NY Times is reporting that advertising is sold out for Super Bowl XLVIII. For commercial space to be sold out just a few days after Thanksgiving is considered an above-average result.
12-5-13: PSE&G (Public Service Enterprise Group), who is New Jersey's largest utility and will deliver power to the2 Super Bowl at MetLife, has partnered with the National Football League in a green energy campaign. To spark green energy investment, they will be purchasing and retiring one renewable energy certificate for every megawatt hour of electricity used at this year's Super Bowl, and all related venues.
12-4-13: Update Super Bowl Odds:
|New England Patriots
|New Orleans Saints
|San Francisco 49ers
|Kansas City Chiefs
|Green Bay Packers
|New York Giants
|San Diego Chargers
|New York Jets
|St. Louis Rams
11-26-13: Here's an updated look at Super Bowl Odds:
- Denver Broncos 5/2
- Seattle Seahawks 11/4
- New Orleans Saints
- New England Patriots 6/1
- Carolina Panthers 10/1
- San Francisco 49ers 12/1
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Cincinnati Bengals 20/1
11-26-13: The Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium will also be the first Super Bowl to be broadcast by a Spanish-language network in the United States and that network will be Fox Deportes,
11-25-13: It's now being reported that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is denying the reports that tailgating will be banned this year. "I'm sure there will be a fair amount of tailgating going on," Goodell told NJ.com.
11-24-13: Fans with Super Bowl tickets looking to tailgate at MetLife Stadium before the game are likely to be disappointed. Organizers may ban tailgating all together due to the heightened security and the fact that 60% of the parking spaces normally available during Giants and Jets games, won't be available during the Super Bowl.
11-20-13: Bruno Mars will be performing at the half time show of this year's Super Bowl.