There is no place like home for the Seattle Seahawks.
And it appears Seattle will have home-field advantage against the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.
Roughly 21 percent of ticket buyers within the past 48 hours have hailed from New York state, with 17 percent from Washington, 10 from New Jersey, and 8 each from Colorado and California, according to Will Flaherty, director of communications at SeatGeek.com,
Overall, residents in Washington have purchased more tickets than those who live in Colorado.
"Traffic from Washington and the Pacific Northwest has consistently outpaced visits from Colorado and adjacent states since the Super Bowl matchup was announced," Flaherty said, "so it still seems increasingly likely that Sunday's crowd will skew pro-Seahawks."
That is great news for Seattle.
Seattle is 17-1 over the past two seasons at CenturyLink Field, mostly due to the "12th Man" advantage. The Seahawks set the Guinness World Record for crowd noise twice during the 2013 season. That fan noise has created an undeniable advantage for the Seahawks at home.
Any fan who has purchased tickets for this year’s Super Bowl is getting a discount.
After bottoming out at a daily average price of $2,002 over the weekend, average ticket prices have risen this week with the average price within the last 48 hours peaking slightly to $2,246 (an increase of roughly 10 percent), according to SeatGeek.com. The daily average price on Tuesday hit $2,376 before falling back to $2,017 on Wednesday.
"It seems clear that ticket buyers were waiting on the sideline until a reliable weather forecast was released for Super Bowl Sunday," Flaherty said. "A forecast of high temps in the 40s and no snow likely is a major driver behind this modest run up in prices and uptick in purchase activity."
Despite the recent health of the ticket market, the game is still a relative steal when compared to past games.
“When looking at the average price paid on the Wednesday prior to the past four Super Bowls, this year's game ranks as the cheapest as an average price of $2,017 -- less than averages for Super Bowls XLVII [$2,214] XLVI [$3,032] and XLV [$3,334],” Flaherty said.
Overall, SeatGeek.com says the cheapest available ticket on secondary markets is a $1,496 seat in the upper deck end zone. It currently cost $1,700 to get into the mezzanine level and $1,900 to get a seat in the lower level. The cheapest club seat currently available is at the very edge of the 200-level club for $2,820, while a seat around the 50-yard line on the 100-level will cost at least $4,000.
So far, Seahawks fans have purchased enough tickets to take over MetLife Stadium.
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