At an average of $6,000 a pop, tickets to Super Bowl 50 might seem like a steal compared to the $10,000-plus prices that were paid before the big game last year. But the difference is that it's still two weeks from the game.
When you compare prices at this point in the calendar, this is by far the most expensive game in recorded data, according to figures from secondary ticket marketplace TiqIQ. In previous years, ticket prices two weeks out averaged in the $3,000 to $4,000 range. In those past years, prices stayed stable as the game got closer, and then dropped in the days before the game.
That's likely because secondary market sellers had to offload the tickets they had left to at least get some money back. When the market was flooded with all those tickets, prices naturally dropped. When the Super Bowl is a day away, it's not like everybody can just drop everything and fly out to the game.