The Super Bowl is right in Credit Karma's backyard this year. The game is down at the 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara, about 45 miles south of our San Francisco offices. And, believe me, many of us are swept up in the mania.
Anyone actually going to the big game probably shelled out a lot of money for the experience -- the average price for Super Bowl tickets on resale sites has been over $5,000, making the game a pretty pricy day out. Even if you were lucky enough to be able to purchase tickets at face value, tickets cost from $500 to $1,800.
That got us wondering: How do Super Bowl 50 ticket prices compare to other championship games from the past year? We took a look at the cheapest seats on resale markets for each game, and this is how it all shook out.
1. Super Bowl 50 - $2,750
Right now, the cheapest tickets on StubHub are going for a cool $2,750. And get this: that's not even as expensive as the cheapest seats for last year's game. A few days before Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz., fans had to shell out at least $4,500 for a seat. That's a lot of money to watch the Seahawks not run the dang ball.
2. 2015 NHL Finals Game Six - $1,979
Interestingly, NHL finals tickets were more expensive than both the NBA finals and the World Series.
ESPN noted that the cheapest available price for a seat in Chicago for the series-ending Game Six was $1,979 just before the event. If you were willing to stand for the whole game, ticket prices were closer to $1,000. This might make sense, though - since Michael Jordan's Bulls dominated the '90s, the Chicago Blackhawks have been the most reliable winners in town.
3. 2015 World Series Game Five - $525
Fans could get a cheap seat for the deciding game of last year's World Series for a more reasonable $525 a seat. At those prices, you could have seen the entire 2015 World Series for less than the cost of one measly Super Bowl 50 ticket. What a deal.
4. 2015 NBA Finals Game Six - $492
The sixth and final game of the NBA finals cost at least $492 last year. That's surprisingly inexpensive when you consider that the series was played between the incredibly fun Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, featuring possibly the best player of an entire generation in LeBron James.
Maybe it's the fact that the game was played in Cleveland that kept it affordable. Our top three events were all in pricier cities (San Francisco, Chicago and New York).
5. 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship - $185
That's more like it. It's not quite the pros, but this year's championship game between Clemson and Alabama was super entertaining, and not nearly as outrageously expensive.
If you're going to the game, that's amazing. Have an awesome time. As for me, I'll be on my couch with way too many chicken wings and my trusty television. The game is a bit cheaper that way.
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