Season ticket saies for the Buffalo Bills are down 1.7 percent from last season and 24 percent from five years ago.
The Bill have sold 42,540 season tickets for 2013. That's slightly down from 43,265 in 2012 – not a bad drop considering the team's languished at the bottom of the NFL this entire century.
Some of those people are hoping to cash in come Sunday. Tickets for Sunday's sold-out season opener against the New England Patriots have an asking price of up to $350 each on StubHub. That's about four times face value for the best seats in the house. And tickets on eBay have an asking price as high as $200 each.
Asking prices are not, it should be noted, necessarily what tickets are being sold for. In some cases, tickets for Sunday's game failed to sell on eBay for $39 each. Others actually did sell for $100 each
Even so, that's still certainly a welcome change from how Bills tickets traditionally fare on the secondary market, at least late in the season. Tickets literally could not be given away, in some cases, for meaningless December games such as last year's season finale against the New York Jets. And most December games – during which the Bills traditionally are eliminated from contention – see tickets scalped at a discount of 75 percent or more.
Here are the Bills' season-ticket totals for the past 10 years:
- 2013 – 42,540
- 2012 – 43,265
- 2011 – 37,355
- 2010 – 43,925
- 2009 – 55,194
- 2008 – 56,011
- 2007 – 48,236
- 2006 – 43,187
- 2005 – 47,246
- 2004 – 42,553
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