The Super Bowl LVIII is shaping up to be a spectacular event, with plenty of star power and entertainment lined up for attendees. However, the cost of attending this year’s Super Bowl is reaching historic highs, making it one of the most expensive sporting events to attend. According to data from ticket marketplace Vivid Seats, the median price of a ticket as of Tuesday was $8,776, which is thousands of dollars more than most recent Super Bowl matchups.
The high demand for tickets is being driven by a number of factors, including the possibility of celebrities like Taylor Swift attending, the small capacity of Allegiant Stadium, and the fact that this is Las Vegas’ first time hosting the Super Bowl. As a result, ticket sellers like Houston Ticket Brokers are seeing prices soar, with tickets going for more than $8,000.
In addition to the high ticket prices, the cost of travel and accommodations in Las Vegas has also surged. Airfare to Las Vegas is approximately 112% higher compared to the same weekend last year, and hotel prices have increased by 140% compared to last year.
When factoring in the cost of airfare, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, and meals, the total cost for a two-night trip to the Super Bowl could easily exceed $9,859 for one person. This astronomical price tag has led some to question the affordability and accessibility of major sporting events like the Super Bowl.
In opinion, some argue that such high prices create a barrier for average fans who wish to attend the Super Bowl. The focus on V.I.P. areas and premium seating in stadiums like Allegiant Stadium only serves to exacerbate this issue. While the appeal of the host city may be a factor in surging ticket costs, it begs the question of whether the Super Bowl is becoming an event primarily for the wealthy and elite, rather than an opportunity for all fans to come together and enjoy the game.