'Cheap' Tickets Go for $1,300

Economic worries cool demand for red-hot tickets
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2009 10:20 AM CST
A nearly empty hallway is seen at the Tampa Convention Center for NFL football Super Bowl XLIII Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, in Tampa, Fla.    (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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(Newser) – The pancaked economy and a lack of star power means Super Bowl tickets are selling a lot cheaper than in years past, Marketwatch reports. But they're not going for pennies. Resellers are offering nosebleed seats for as low as $1,300. An average seat is going for around $2,500—down more than $1,000 from the last two Super Bowls. Prices look set to keep dropping until—and beyond—kickoff.

Fans worried about losing their jobs are choosing to put money in the bank rather than splash out for the Steelers-Cardinals showdown, ticket sellers say, and even big corporations have slashed their entertainment budgets. "This is great for fans because they can actually get tickets," said the the chief of one ticket firm said. "In years past there wasn't a chance."