Couple of weird things going on with this year’s Super Bowl.
First, the question of when it’s being played.
The odds-on answer is that Denver and Seattle are scheduled to kick off the Super Bowl in East Rutherford, N.J., at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2.
Notice the words “are scheduled” … that could change
Bet you didn’t know that the NFL has latitude to play the game on any day from Friday, Jan. 31 to Monday, Feb. 3.
According to the Newark Star-Ledger, the kick-off will occur within that time frame, but it depends on the weather … and forecasters are saying that another winter storm is heading New York’s way.
Long-range forecasts call for the possibility of snow on on Sunday Feb.2 … league officials may want to play the game ahead of a possible storm or wait until the snow moves through the area.
The NFL says that it will give 36 hours advance warning if the kick-off is moved to Friday, Saturday or Monday … 24 hours if the game stays on Sunday but the time is changed. Source
Then, there are the plunging ticket prices …
Speculation was that that Super Bowl XLVIII would turn out to be the most expensive ticket in Super Bowl history.
It turns out, according to ESPN, that the game could turn out to be one of the least expensive Super Bowls..
A week before before the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks meet at MetLife Stadium, the cheapest ticket to buy for the Super Bowl was $1,779 on NFL Ticket Exchange, the league’s official resale site.
That’s $409 cheaper than it was on the site with this many days left last year and $809 cheaper than the year before.
And, it’s about $1,000 less than the week ago price.
“It’s like a panicked stock market … buyers have frozen, and the sellers are panicking.”
What’s going on?
First, there’s the certainty of cold weather … and the forecasted possibility of a blizzard.
Buyers are literally being frozen out.
Second is distance … neither team’s fan base is within driving distance of the game (unless they’re already on the road.
Gee, imagine to swoop a ticket for a mere $1,779.
Makes me want to grab my parka and head for New York