By making the Super Bowl, each Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks player gets two free tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. For many players this could be a once in a lifetime appearance on the biggest stage in the NFL, so requests from family and friends extend well beyond just two seats. Each player can secure up to 13 additional tickets, if they are willing to pay face value.
The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will account for 35 percent of the seats in MetLife Stadium on Sunday as the two participating teams, reports John Breech of CBS Sports. Each NFL team is allotted tickets, with the New York Jets and New York Giants spotted 3.1 percent each as the regular season tenants of MetLife Stadium. The remaining NFL teams are given 1.2 percent of the Super Bowl tickets.
Mike Klis of The Denver Post reports that the quality of the tickets each player gets for free depends on their service in the league and stature on the team. Stars like Peyton Manning are given lower-level tickets that would fetch $1,500 at face value. Rookies are gifted the upper deck seats, coming in at $800 values. Nothing to sneeze at, although players cannot sell the tickets, risking a fine from the NFL.
The remaining tickets go to the NFL. That means the best chance for fans to get tickets is through their individual favorite team, if the team chooses to make their allotment available. The Jets, for example, had a lottery for season ticket holders to acquire tickets to the big game. After that, beyond a potential connection inside one of the league's franchises, fans are forced to turn to the secondary ticket market. That leads to marked up prices paid by fans to witness professional football's premier event.
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