Coming off a Super Bowl victory, it is expected that the cost of attending a Seattle Seahawks home game would be prohibitively high. The Seahawks have retained many of their superstars including young quarterback Russell Wilson, running back and Skittles aficionado Marshawn Lynch, along with the always outspoken Richard Sherman, who signed a $57.4 million extension with the team this off-season. Predictably, there is no National Football League team that boasts a higher average home price in 2014 with the Seahawks averaging an ask price of $394.85 per game on the secondary market.
According to ticket search engine TiqIQ, not only do the Seahawks have the highest average price per home game ticket, the franchise is set to host six of the top twenty-five highest priced games based on current listings. The Seahawks’ season opener against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football is currently one of the most expensive tickets at an average price of $386.05. However, the highest priced Seahawks home game is a December 14 match-up against the San Francisco 49ers with an average price of $510.58 and a get-in listing of $230.
The secondary market is still saturated with tickets for the Seahawks vs. Packers Thursday Night Football match-up. While the get-in price is currently sitting at $179, the most expensive ticket is currently hovering around $1,350 for a low row in Section 135.
Despite the fact that consumers of the NFL increasingly appear to be opting for the at-home experience over attending games in person, fans still seem to be willing to pay the price to see their Seahawks. Additionally, at least according to listings on TiqIQ, the secondary market for NFL tickets remains quite strong. The current average resale ticket price across the league is $207.90, which is up 3.36% from this same time last year.
Yet, the outlook remains bleak for the Cleveland Browns, which has the lowest home average ticket price at $130.47. Perhaps that will change if/when the franchise finally anoints Johnny Manziel as its starting quarterback.
Darren Heitner is a lawyer and the Founder of South Florida-based HEITNER LEGAL, P.L.L.C., which has a focus on Sports Law and Entertainment Law.