Attending the Super Bowl comes with super high prices

Staff writersJanuary 27, 2014 

These breakfast items purchased at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York City cost around $23.

CRAIG HILL — Staff writer

Seahawks fans hoping to snag tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII should brace themselves. A seat to the big game – and just about everything else – is going to cost you.

At a press conference on Monday, committee member and New York City Deputy Mayor Tony Shorris told reporters that officials want everyone to have an “enormous amount of fun. And spend lots of money.”

That shouldn’t be hard to do.

The average list price of a Super Bowl ticket is $3,019.99, said Stefan Mersch with TiqIQ.com. That’s down from $4,007.73, which was the average price for a seat the day the Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers to win the NFC Conference Championship.

Last week, tickets through Vivid Seats, a secondary ticket marketplace, listed its least expensive ticket at $2,239 with an average cost of more than $5,000.

And eating? If you are counting on saving a few bucks to help pay for that Super Bowl ticket you splurged on, think again.

The breakfast buffet at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel will set you back $21 to $30 dollars per person. Sticking with simple eats won’t save much money, either.

At the Sheraton, it’s $10 for a cup of oatmeal, $6 for a small cup of mixed berries, and $4 for a bagel. But don’t worry; the cream cheese is free.

Now you know why the Super Bowl Host Committee expects Super Bowl XLVIII to generate about $600 million of economic activity in the New York-New Jersey region.

RETURN TO NY/NJ?

For all the concern about the weather, the host committee is certain this Super Bowl and this week’s festivities will be a successful. And if their confidence is proven well founded, Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch hopes it won’t be the last Super Bowl in the New York area.

“Let’s try to do this every 10 years,” Tisch said.

SUPER SEATTLE?

You could almost hear eyes rolling during a press conference Monday morning when New York Jets owner Woody Johnson was asked if a successful Super Bowl XLVIII would open the door for other cold weather cities to host the game.

“Oh please,” one reporter mumbled.

But Johnson doesn’t think the idea is far fetched and thinks other cold weather cities should be considered as viable Super Bowl hosts.

“But it’s up to the owners,” Johnson said. “And I think most of the owners will be here this week.”

The Seattle Sports Commission is sending a small delegation to New York this week to research what it would take to host the championship game in Seattle.

They are not actively preparing a bid, said sports commission executive director Ralph Morton, but “we are trying to position ourselves so we can put it (a bid) in when the time is right.”

BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG GAME, A BIG DEAL

During Super Bowl week, the NFL doesn’t do small. Everything is big, even something as simple as a lighting ceremony.

On Wednesday, the NFL will illuminate the Super Bowl roman numerals on Broadway. And there’s a lot more in store than flipping some big switch.

The international renowned Boys Choir of Harlem will perform as will the cast of the Grammy winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys, and the Rockettes, the legendary dance company.

But there’s more. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and new Mayor of New York City Bill De Blasio will attend the ceremonial light of the 30-by-8 foot LED screen.

‘QUEEN’ WILL SING

Queen Latifah – musician, actress and, coincidentally, the host of the The Queen Latifah – will sing “America The Beautiful” as part of the Super Bowl pregame festivities at MetLife Stadium.

The New Jersey native previously sung “America The Beautiful” at Super Bowl XLIV. The NFL previously announced that Renee Fleming will perform the National Anthem.

Staff writer Darrin Beene contributed to this report.

Kari Plog
kari.plog@thenewstribune.com
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