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The price of Super Bowl tickets on the secondary market is already starting to drop fast a week before the Feb. 2 game at MetLife Stadium. And in New York City and around the region, there are plenty of hotel rooms still available.
StubHub.com lists 5,486 available tickets starting at $1,564, or about half off the price from two weeks ago. The secondary ticket seller SeatGeek.com found the price of a ticket dropped 27.1 percent in a 48-hour period late last week.
“This year's Super Bowl is no longer the most expensive we have on record and, given prevailing price trends, it's highly unlikely to attain that mark by the time the game comes to a close and all sales data is in,” said SeatGeek spokesperson Connor Gregoire.
SeatGeek found that the price as of last Friday was the cheapest for a pregame Friday in the past three years. The most precipitously falling seats were those in the upper deck -- which notably do not have access to an indoor club.
Plenty of industry watchers predicted this very trend. The first outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl may not be as appealing to the high rollers and casual football fans who generally enjoy the game in warm-weather climates.
The slackening demand may also be applying to hotel rooms in the area.
In a typical Super Bowl market, hotels start to book up weeks in advance of the game. Using data from TripAdvisor.com, the website PriceofTravel.com surveyed hotels in major cities around the world and counted 667 hotel rooms in New York City. In terms of room inventory, that’s right up there with tourism hubs like Las Vegas and Orlando.
Jacksonville, Fla., may have difficulty absorbing the projected 400,000 that would arrive for the week of the Super Bowl. But New York?
“The reality is, we have a lot of hotel rooms in New York and New Jersey,” said Michael Fiorentino, a consultant for the New Yorker Hotel.
The New Yorker still has a few rooms available. Fiorentino said the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee did a good job managing expectations, and that there was still plenty of economic benefit to the city even if some hotels weren’t sold out.
Hotels.com still has midtown hotels available for the weekend at rates that aren’t so far off normal weekend rates, in the $200-$300 range. Some hotels still had large blocks of rooms available to Super Bowl travelers, according to local bookers.
Fiorentino has attended Super Bowls in other cities, and said the reality is many visitors to Super Bowl cities won’t have to travel for this one. "Truth is, many of the attendees are from the Tri-State area.”
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