Part of the point of Super Bowl XLVIII is to venture into the unknown, in every aspect from the weather to travel logistics to what might happen if you close Broadway for 14 blocks for several days in the middle of a workweek.
Here’s another: ticket prices on the secondary market.
“More so than any other Super Bowl, this one is a mystery,” said Glenn Lehrman, head of communications for the resale site StubHub.com. “Usually we can tell fairly accurately what we would anticipate in ticket sales; I don’t think we have any clue this time.”
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There always are variables, of course, but this big game has bigger ones than most.
First, there is the weather, which if it is forecast to be good, presumably will increase demand, and if it is bad, will suppress it. Then there is the metropolitan area itself, home to more people and more money than any other in the nation, theoretically creating upward pressure on prices.
Finally, as for any Super Bowl, there is the matter of the teams involved. While in football and TV ratings terms there are no bad potential matchups, some are better than others for driving ticket prices.
Lehrman and Nima Moayedi, CEO of the resale site Razorgator.com, agreed the Seahawks would be more attractive than the 49ers, despite Seattle being a smaller market and the 49ers having more of a national following.
That is because the 49ers have been there before, as recently as last season, while Seahawks fever has gripped the Pacific Northwest.
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