NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- A championship or a spot in a premier sports event is worth a lifetime's worth of work to those involved, but how much should it be worth to fans?When a fan's team makes a title run or a fan finally decides to drop money on a marquee sporting event, ticket price is just one item in a steeplechase of obstacles between fans and their tickets to the big show. Jennifer Swanson, spokeswoman for Ticketmaster's ( LYV) resale service TicketsNow, says a championship or premier event is only as pricey as the market dictates.
|A lot of factors affect demand for tickets to events such as NBA games. If a major event's ticket looks like a steal, fans should still buy warily.|
2011 average ticket price for all days: $134
This is easily the lowest-priced event on our list, but it's a little easier to score tickets to a multiday event in which tickets start out around $50 for practice rounds. The absence of Tiger Woods last year may have driven down prices initially, but Rory McIlroy's record-breaking run to the title made late-round tickets a bargain for anyone lucky enough to get into the galleries at Bethesda for bottom-dollar. Daytona 500
2012 average ticket price: $184
These tickets are a lot costlier under ideal conditions, but went for budget prices this year after rain postponed the start by a day. That's no small change, especially when a race that was supposed to be run on a Sunday when everybody's off gets kicked to Monday, right in the middle of the workday. The residual rain that followed Monday turned out to be a blessing, as the start was pushed from noon to much later in the evening. Waterlogged ticketholders waited a day and a half to watch Matt Kenseth edge out Dale Earnhardt Jr., but we're guessing more than a few folks in the grandstand got a deal as a result.