This year the Super Bowl will be taking place at Houston’s very own NRG Stadium. While many of us may be content to watch from home, nothing can quite compare to the experience of watching the two championship teams face-off in person. If getting tickets to Houston Super Bowl tickets will make all your dreams come true, check out our info-guide for all there is to know about the science and art of ticket distribution and the cheapest, most reliable places to buy Houston Super Bowl tickets.
Distribution: An Overview
For a little background, ticket distribution is pretty formulaic, but unfortunately also quite stacked against the casual fan. Approximately 75% of the available tickets go to the various teams in the NFL. The two competing teams split 35%, while 5-6% go to the host city’s team (this year that’s the Texans). The remaining 35(ish)% are distributed evenly among the remaining NFL teams. That leaves only 25%, which goes primarily to sponsors, media, and partners. Of this 25 percent, only a small portion are reserved for the customary ticket lottery and purchase by fans. Because of this, it’s helpful to know the best and cheapest places to score second-hand tickets.
When purchasing tickets, it is may be useful to learn what they are worth at face value before you go hunting for the best bargain. Typically, face value for Super Bowl tickets ranges from around $800 upward to just under three grand. That said unless you are a lucky NFL season ticket holder or were chosen in the ticket lottery, the odds of you finding face value tickets are pretty slim. Unfortunately, the deadline to enter into the lottery was June 1st, so that just leaves tickets on the secondary market.
Ticket prices on the secondary market can fluctuate quite a bit based on some factors: proximity to the game date, geographical location, who the competing teams end up being, etc. While there are no guarantees, historically prices tend to drop the closer it gets to the game, with prices being the highest immediately following the conference championship games.
There are numerous online exchanges that offer relatively safe spaces to purchase tickets from individual sellers or professional resellers.
Some things to consider while you are browsing:
● Most tickets are sold as zone seating since seat assignments aren’t made until closer to the game.
● The majority of ticket exchange sites do charge a service fee, which can be hefty. Be prepared that the price you are looking at now may not end up being the final deal at checkout.
● Not all sites are created equal. Be sure to do some vetting before purchasing online, especially if it is a site you are not familiar with. Many legitimate sites also promise some sort of money-back guarantee, so definitely check out the details.
Comparative Shopping for Houston Super Bowl Tickets
To save you some time, we’ve included a short list of some of the best priced and most reliable ticketing sites to search for your Houston Super Bowl Tickets.
Vivid Seats: Tickets start as low as $3,700 without service fees, and the site is proclaimed to have some of the lowest service charges in the industry.
TicketCity: Tickets range from $3850-13000 before service fees. They are known for their quick and responsive customer service.
StubHub: Houston Super Bowl tickets start at $4,500, and with StubHub, you can use the app to track tickets and set price alerts to notify you when a ticket falls below your desired price.
TickPick: Tickets start at just under $4500, with 50-yard-line seats starting as low as $9,500 (the lowest we’ve found for Houston Super Bowl tickets). They also boast no service fees, which can save you several hundred dollars off your final payment price.
Ticketmaster: This site stakes the claim of being the official NFL Ticket Exchange. Tickets are verified, taking the guessing game out of whether or not the Houston Super Bowl tickets you’re buying are legit. Of course, security doesn’t come free; service fees start off at just under a grand for the lowest ticket prices. Tickets range from $4,755-13,000 before fees.
PrimeSport: Tickets currently start at $4750. The downside is there is a two ticket minimum. Service fees work out to just under $900 per ticket.
The Whole Package, including Houston Super Bowl Tickets
If you are looking for a more all-inclusive experience, various packages are also available for purchase through NFL On Location, which is the official hospitality provider of the NFL. Packages on the site start at just under $6000 for the Select experience and range as high as $13000 for the Diamond. All packages offered include a game ticket, 3-hour pre-game tailgate, commemorative bonuses and appearances by NFL alumni, with added bonuses for the higher levels.
A final piece of advice, if you’re considering taking your chances at finding a ticket day-of on your way to the stadium, keep in mind that while ticket scalping may not be illegal in the state of Texas, Houston does have a city ordinance making it illegal in public spaces within the city limits. This includes public sidewalks, streets, and sports arenas.
Whether you’ll be attending in person or watching on the couch with friends, we hope your Super Bowl 2017 experience is the best one yet!