We’ve enlisted the help of Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ to provide some information on ticket prices for this Sunday’s game in Seattle between the 49ers and Seahawks. Both of these teams made the playoffs last year and are expected to reach similar heights this season, and the prices reflect that this weekend.
Not only is this one of the most highly anticipated matchups of the 2013 NFL season, it’s also San Francisco’s second straight game against an arguably elite NFC opponent. The 49ers must travel into Seattle and find a way to move the ball effectively against a brutal Seattle defense that limited Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers to just 125 yards through the air in Week 1.
Considering San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick more than tripled that with 412 yards passing against the Packers, that may not be quite as difficult of a task as originally feared. Seattle’s secondary — which is big, brash and extremely talented — may not agree with that last statement, which provides another intriguing angle in what should be an extremely physical contest.
Not surprisingly, the average ticket price for this showdown is a whopping $487, which ranks third in line for the NFL’s most expensive games of the season, just behind a Steelers/Patriots matchup (11/3) and a Giants/Bears clash (10/10).
This week’s ticket price comes in at 55% above the same meeting in San Francisco later this year, and is also an incredible 78% more expensive than the Seahawks’ average home game. The value goes both ways, however, as 49ers tickets are just $314 on average, and this one is over $150 above that average.
While the average is a bit steep, the drama and hype should make it worth it, while the get-in price of $204 on average isn’t absurd.
Ultimately, this game carries so much weight because the two clashes between these two teams last year were so different and there is definitely bad blood here. It’s their first meeting of the year, it’s on national TV, and only one team can go 2-0 — so few games will be hyped more than this one.
With all that being said, the 49ers still have to hold the edge, even though they’re the visiting team. After all, their offense didn’t turn the ball over at all in Week 1 while hanging 34 points on the Packers. On paper at least, the 49ers are the slightly more balanced and possibly even more explosive team in this matchup. Then again, it is an NFC West division clash, and the Seahawks had their way with the 49ers last year at Centurylink Field.