After two weeks of sales data following the release of the 2012 NFL schedule, the Denver Broncos are fetching the second-highest average ticket price on secondary ticket website TicketLiquidator. It looks like the addition of Peyton Manning to a playoff team has ignited one of the most diehard fanbases in sports and propelled the average price of a Denver Bronco game ticket in 2012 to $283, up from an average of $141 last year. No doubt the addition of one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history has given Denver fans a reason for optimism, as the only team that is averaging a higher ticket price is the New England Patriots. But even in that case, the Broncos vs. Patriots game at Gillette is the most in-demand single game ticket, so the Patriots numbers are actually being inflated by Denver!
“We’re seeing a lot of attention on the Denver Broncos early this season,” said Andres Hidalgo, Ticket Liquidator media relations. “The Broncos have always had one of the most dedicated fan bases in sports, so it’s no surprise that adding a quarterback the caliber of Manning has caused ticket sales to explode.”
The hottest tickets for a Bronco home game so far are the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 9 and the New Orleans Saints on October 28. Looming extra-large on the Broncos away schedule, Denver travels to New England to take on Manning nemesis the New England Patriots on October 7. This game is currently the most expensive regular season NFL ticket on the Ticket Liquidator. Marching into Gillette and taking out Brady and co. would be a great way to atone for the terrible end to last season. Here is a look at the average individual game price for all games on the Broncos schedule in 2012.
Sales data comes from the first two weeks of on-sales following the release of the NFL schedule, and represents the average price a fan paid on more than 2,000 tickets sold on Ticket Liquidator. Keep in mind the prices shown are the average ticket price, and if you visit Ticket Liquidator you will see tickets above and below the average price shown here.
Along with the Broncos and Patriots [$319 average ticket price], the highest sellers in the AFC are the Pittsburgh Steelers [$265], Baltimore Ravens [$211] Houston Texans [$212], and the New York Jets [$214]. Unfortunately for Bronco fans (or maybe not), the Broncos will not take on the New York Jets and Tim Tebow in 2012- at least not during the regular season!
In the NFC, the Green Bay Packers [$277] are currently the big sellers, selling at a higher average price than even the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants [$222]. Other NFC teams with an average ticket price above $200 include the Dallas Cowboys [$215], New York Giants [$222] and the Chicago Bears [$213].
You might think it’s insane that people are willing to spend this kind of money, but the fact is they are. People sure love their football!
And in case you were wondering how this year’s hot tickets compare to last year’s here’s a look at the average ticket price for each team during the 2011 NFL season: