On Monday at the Inner Harbor we witnessed Ed Reed’s inner Eddie Money burst out in song and many who listened wish that they too had two tickets to paradise. And for Ravens fans, paradise for the time being is The Crescent City – N’Awlins!
Unfortunately tickets have been very expensive, averaging close to $3,200 per ticket with an entry point (aka the nosiest of nosebleed seats) of $1,900.
From what we’ve been able to determine for purposes of Super Bowl ticket distribution, the Super Dome uses a capacity level of 73,000 seats although they do have the capability to expand to over 76,000. The distribution breaks down as follows:
- 35% is split equally by the participating teams
- 5% goes to the hosting team
- 35% is divided among the remaining 29 teams
- 25% is divided among league sponsors and the networks
How the brokers get their tickets is somewhat of a science. One source has shared with us that after the Ravens distribute 5,200 tickets to lottery winners the remaining 7,575 tickets are extended to employees, customers, media partners and then the balance to Prime Sports, a company that is an official partner of the team.
So it doesn’t take a math wizard to figure out that supply is completely dwarfed by demand and therefore propelling the seller’s market.
That said, the closer we get to the game, prices are beginning to tumble. Now that the emotional impulse buy is out of the way, patient buyers can take advantage of sellers sitting on inventory. And if you are still looking for a bargain and ready to throw caution to the wind and join your friends that are already going, you may want to check out TiqIq.com. They are to tickets what Kayak.com is to the airline industry.
Let us know how you make out…
POSTSEASON NUMBERS TO RAVE ABOUT!
- 8: Turnovers the Ravens have forced this postseason (5 INTs and 3 fumbles), posting a +5 turnover ratio in three playoff games.
- 15: Completions of 20-or-more yards by QB Joe Flacco in three playoff games. Flacco has averaged 16.7 yards per completion.
- 18: Offensive plays of 20-or-more yards by the Ravens this postseason. During the regular season, Baltimore posted a franchise-record 72 such plays, which ranked third in the NFL.
- 80.0: Red zone TD scoring percentage by the Ravens during this postseason, scoring TDs on 8 of 10 trips inside the 20. Baltimore has scored a TD on 8-straight trips inside the red zone.
• Ravens S Ed Reed was born and raised in Louisiana. Reed was an All-State and All-County selection at DB and kick returner at Destrehan (St. Rose, LA) HS, where he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. During his prep career, Reed also played QB and was named The New Orleans Times-Picayune District Most Valuable Defensive Player as a senior. Reed also averaged 20 points per game as a member of the basketball team his senior year.
• Ravens WR/RS Jacoby Jones prepped at Marion Abramson (New Orleans) HS. Jones started playing football his junior year and also lettered in basketball and track. He earned several All Metropolitan honors and was an All-Area selection in basketball.