But will Corporate America, which buys almost all the Super Bowl tickets, show up after the year its had? The answer is mostly yes, according to one firm selling packages of hotel rooms and services for the game.
"Corporate wise, there's been no effect," says Kyle Kinnett a partner of SportsEvents.com, an online ticket broker. "We are one of the top five corporate package companies in the country. Our numbers for selling are greater than last year,."
Benefits Of A Recession
Demand for Super Bowl tickets through brokers or online platforms between buyers and sellers remains high this year according to Joellen Ferrer, manager of corporate communications at StubHub.com. "Interestingly, sales are considerably up from last year," says Ferrer. "In fact, more than double the number of tickets have been purchased compared to last year at about the same time. This has turned out to be the biggest grossing event in company history."
However, the cost of those tickets is lower than usual, says Ferrer, fetching an average of some $2,700 for re-sale tickets. "The economy is proving to be a positive for consumers when it comes to ticket re-sale prices," says Ferrer. "With prices decreasing, they are more attainable to the average fan who may have felt priced out in years past."
Not Everyone Giving High Fives
However adamant NFL, Tampa Bay Super Bowl officials and some firms may be about being immune from a recession, there are some game-related businesses being 'tackled' by the downturn.
"I've been doing the Super Bowl for 14 years," says Bill Roseman, CEO of Rose Tours, a Pennsylvania based tour and travel firm. "This is the worst. I would say it’s the economy and all downhill," says Roseman.
Roseman's company sells packages of hotel rooms for the game and says he's not selling nearly enough to offset what he's paid out. "I purchased hotel rooms in advance, I can’t give them back. I have to eat those costs," Roseman says.