Think about how excited you are for Thursday night's NFL season opener between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks. Now, if you're not in Seattle, think about how excited Seahawks fans must be. They get to raise a championship banner for the first time, to go with the 12th Man flag they raise before every game.
Now add in the fact that the Packers, who have the best fan base in the NFL, are the opponent. Green Bay fans travel very well and will try to be a presence in CenturyLink Field. And anyone, whether it be a Seahawks or Packers fan, who doesn't have a ticket already is going to have to pay up to get in the gates.
According to SeatGeek, this is the most expensive NFL regular season ticket of the last five years, and it's not even close. Fans have paid an average of $433 on the secondary market to get tickets. No other regular-season game SeatGeek has tracked has even gotten to $400. SeatGeek said the closest was a regular-season opener between the Saints and Vikings in New Orleans that had an average price of $386.
So yeah, this is a really big game in Seattle.
Ticket prices are up everywhere for Week 1, SeatGeek said. The average price for the 16 Week 1 games on the secondary market is 14 percent higher than last year, up to $182 from $160 last year. So fans are still clamoring to go to games, especially in Seattle.
There's a lot of intrigue for the opener in Seattle. The Packers are planning to use a no-huddle offense, which won't be easy with the ear-splitting noise Seahawks fans make. The matchup between Green Bay's passing game, with former MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and Seattle's defense is fascinating. The Seahawks shut down Denver's high-powered offense the last time we saw them play, in last season's Super Bowl. Seahawks outside linebacker Bruce Irvin adding some fire to the game by telling USA Today about Packers rookie center Corey Linsley, who was pressed into duty because of injuries, "I'm going to pray for him. It's going to be a long night, man."
The game really didn't need any more juice, however. Just look at the ticket prices. We've all waited a long time for this.
Here's the average secondary price for every Week 1 game, according to SeatGeek:
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