[video] Saints vs. Seahawks Among the Priciest Playoff Games in the Past Five Years
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The most expensive playoff game to see this week is the New Orleans Saints' game in Seattle against the Seahawks, with the cheapest ticket on TicketCity going for $134. TicketCity found that the average ticket price for Saturday's game is a whopping $360.
This weekend, the NFL divisional playoffs might be heating up, but are fans paying up to see them?
"There are a few key factors that are driving record demand for the Saints/Seahawks game. The Saints have earned the franchise's first-ever road post-season victory, ending the drought at 0-5. On the other side, the Seahawks have recorded double digit victories in consecutive seasons while their fans continue to break attendance and noise records. It's the perfect storm for driving one of the most expensive divisional game tickets we've seen in recent years," said TicketCity COO Zach Anderson.
This weekend's San Diego Chargers/Denver Broncos game also makes the list of most expensive playoff games in recent years. To see one of the biggest stars in the NFL, Peyton Manning, and the Broncos host the Chargers, the average ticket on TicketCity will cost you $321.
While ticket prices for the Chargers/Broncos matchup are very similar to last year's AFC div playoff game, according to TicketCity Communications Director Meredith Owen, different factors are driving demand this year compared to last. Owen says that Ray Lewis' retirement announcement leading into the post season was a major contributor in demand for the Ravens/Broncos 2013 playoff game, while this year's prices are being driven by the fact that the two historical rivals are facing off in the post-season for the first time ever.
But the most expensive playoff game in the last five years goes to the Saints and the 49ers when they played in San Francisco in 2012. After the Saints went undefeated at home and the 49ers had their first post-season appearance since 2001 -- the average ticket price went for $405... a far cry from $84 for the cheapest ticket on TicketCity to see the New England Patriots play the Indianapolis Colts this weekend.
Written by Brittany Umar in New York.
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