December 12, 2013
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NFL jacking up prices on Super Bowl tickets
NEW YORK — Super Bowl fans can prepare to pay double for the best seats. The NFL expects the most expensive tickets for its championship game will be about 2,600 dollars each for 9,000 premium seats for the February 2 game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
That’s more than twice the 1,250 dollars cost for similar tickets at last season’s Super Bowl in New Orleans.
“We are looking to close the gap between the face value of the ticket and its true value as reflected on the secondary market,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said yesterday. “The uniqueness of the Super Bowl in the New York/New Jersey is also driving unprecedented demand and buzz.”
The next tier of seats is expected to go for 1,500 dollars compared to 950 dollars in New Orleans. About 40 percent of general admission seats will be under 1,000 dollars, McCarthy said.
The capacity of MetLife Stadium is 82,000, but it will be trimmed by about 5,000 seats to make room for media, cameras and security. The priciest seats will have access to indoor restaurants, where fans can warm up during the outdoor game.
The lowest-priced ticket fell from 650 dollars last year to 500 dollars. Some 30,000 fans entered a lottery that closed in June, and 1,000 winners — double from 500 — will be notified this fall.
In an attempt to ensure those fans don’t resell tickets above face value, the NFL for the first time will require ticket holders to go to a gate to pick up those tickets as they enter the stadium. They won’t be allowed to return to the parking lot, McCarthy said.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the increase in ticket prices.
BENGALS BEAT STEELERS. Running back Giovani Bernard scored his first two NFL touchdowns, one of them off a short pass that he turned into a 27-yard score, as the Cincinnati Bengals beat Pittsburgh 20-10 late on Monday to extend the Steelers’ early misery.
The second-round draft pick had a 7-yard touchdown run in the first half before turning a short pass from Andy Dalton into a third-quarter score — a preview of what the Bengals (1-1) could become with a pass-catching threat out of the backfield.
First-round pick Tyler Eifert also had a big play, making a 61-yard catch that set up Bernard’s touchdown run.
The Bengals piled up 407 yards on one of the NFL’s toughest defences, holding the ball for more than 35 minutes.
Pittsburgh fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2002, done in by another game of self-destruction on offence. The Steelers had two turnovers in scoring range and couldn’t hold the ball long enough to give their defense a breather, failing to get a first down on seven of their 12 possessions.
It was a chance for the Bengals to show they’ve supplanted the Steelers in the AFC North. They beat Pittsburgh 13-10 at Heinz Field last December to reach the playoffs, and now have moved ahead of them again with a rare Monday night win.