Super Bowl Ticket Prices May Reflect NJ Weather [AUDIO]
The Super Bowl ticket marketplace will be different than ever before this year, and the main reason is the game's location.
At MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on the evening of Feb. 2, temperatures won't be settling near 70 degrees, and a massive dome won't be protecting fans' heads from the elements.
"If it snows or rains or anything of that nature, it'll drive the market ridiculously crazy," said Lance Patania, president of Prominent Tickets in Glen Rock. "It'll drop the prices in a heartbeat."
Patania said he deals with droves of customers each football season who sell their tickets for the last four home games at MetLife, simply because they don't want to deal with foul weather.
Ticket brokers will also be keeping an eye on the weather forecasts for the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. Folks from other parts of the country will be interested in selling their tickets, or will be less interested in purchasing tickets, if travel to the New York region is expected to be hazardous.
As of late Thursday, three of the four meteorologists at WillItSnow.com indicated the big game will be precipitation-free. The site from AccuWeather is devoted solely to Super Bowl weather predictions.
The "ticket frenzy" should begin late Sunday night or early Monday morning when the country learns which two teams will be traveling to New Jersey. Patania said ticket sales probably won't be based largely on the teams' fan bases, with the exception of Denver.
"There's one X-factor I'm scared to death of," Patania added. "And that's the whole New York City clientele. You've got Wall Street. You've got New York and New Jersey wealthy people. You've got people who aren't afraid to spend money around here."
An estimated 70 percent of Super Bowl tickets have not been released yet. Patania said potential buyers can get a better deal through a legitimate broker, rather than an online aggregator, because brokers truly own the tickets.