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Some Rams fans win lottery for lower-cost Super Bowl tickets

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LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Usually, when you win a lottery you walk away with a lot of money.

But when you win a Super Bowl ticket lottery, get ready to pony up some serious cash.

Rams season ticket holder Mary Masciotra did just that, paying roughly $1,200 apiece for two tickets to the Super Bowl in Atlanta when her name was picked by the Rams Sunday night in a ticket lottery.

But aside from the pricey cost of admission, she says she’s doing it on the cheap, going with a friend.

“We booked a hotel with points and we got our airfare, so we’re doing it for less than $2,000 for the whole deal,” said Masciotra.

The Van Nuys resident is no normal Rams fan.

Her front yard is adorned with an inflatable Rams football helmet, her front steps sport a “Rams Country” street sign, her living room is speckled with Rams blankets and she’s wearing a Rams sweatshirt, Rams hat, Rams earrings and Rams shoes.

When she says she’s been a Rams fan since the late 1970s, there’s little reason to doubt her.

Even when the team abandoned Los Angeles for St. Louis in 1994, Masciotra didn’t lose faith.

“A lot of people said ‘Why are you still rooting for them? They left!’ I was like ‘That’s my team!’ So the opportunity to see the Rams in the Super Bowl is priceless to me.”

But with ticket prices that high, sometimes not winning the ticket lottery is a win as well.

“I’m OK with it,” said Rams season ticket holder Rich Cure. “You know who’s really OK with it? My wife is OK with it. Because she knows we would have found some way to make it happen.”

Instead, Cure says he’ll be watching the big game at home with friends having dodged the $1,200 per ticket conundrum.

Of course, had he been able to buy the tickets he could have resold them for a tidy profit.

Online ticket reseller StubHub shows the cheapest Super Bowl tickets listed at more than $3,000 apiece.

The most expensive, a sky box suite, is listed for $550,000.

But don’t expect Masciotra to hock her tickets.

“I’ve had a couple friends and my brother say, ‘You should sell the tickets’ and I’m like ‘No, I can’t,” she said. “If it were just a regular Super Bowl, I could do it. But not with my Rams! No, I couldn’t do it. I wouldn’t do it.”

Some dedicated Rams season ticket holders won the lottery – getting picked to buy Super Bowl tickets at below-market value.

How to Buy Super Bowl Tickets

Acquiring Super Bowl tickets, at least face value ones, is no easy task. But it’s not impossible! Let’s break it down.

Buy Super Bowl Tickets on SeatGeek

Shop Super Bowl LIV tickets on SeatGeek. Right now, the lowest current get-in price is under $4,500. Browse all listings here or view select tickets below.

Super Bowl 54 Ticket Prices

Before we get into the Super Bowl ticket weeds, let’s talk a bit about how much you can expect to pay. Prices for the main event have been trending upward since we began tracking them on the secondary market in 2014, save for Super Bowl LI in 2017 when it dropped to $3,976. Ticket prices for Super Bowl 2020 are currently averaging $10,973 on the secondary market. For up-to-date pricing info, check out our Super Bowl Ticket Price Tracker which is updated in realtime.

Event Date Average Resale Price
Super Bowl LIV 2020-02-02 $10,973
Super Bowl LIII 2019-02-03 $5,073
Super Bowl LII: New England Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles 2018-02-04 $5,373
Super Bowl LI: Atlanta Falcons vs New England Patriots 2017-02-05 $3,976
Super Bowl 50: Denver Broncos vs Carolina Panthers 2016-02-07 $4,531
Super Bowl XLIX: New England Patriots vs Seattle Seahawks 2015-02-01 $4,268
Super Bowl XLVIII: Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks 2014-02-02 $2,598

For Season Ticket Holders

Season ticket holders are automatically entered into a lottery for their chance to buy primary SB tickets. But not every season ticket holder is equal: preference is given to those whose team has made it to the Super Bowl, the number and type of seats you own, and how long you’ve owned said seats. For the lucky chosen few, you can pick up your tickets on game day at the box office.

For People in the NFL

The NFL distributes 74.8% of Super Bowl tickets to their teams. The remaining 25.2% of tickets are then spread out between the media, partners and sponsors. Only a small amount are then sold to fans via “packages” which are mostly scooped up by ticket brokers well in advance of the game (which then trickles down to you, the buyer). In essence, it’s almost impossible for the Average Joe to get a Super Bowl ticket from a primary source.

For the 2017 Super Bowl and going forward, the NFL announced that they were allocating 6,000 tickets away from the participating teams and instead funneling them into more Super Bowl packages. Those packages will be sold to fans via the NFL On Location Experience Company.

On the Secondary Market

Because of this, most people who want to go to the game turn to the secondary market for tickets. The secondary market just means the ticket is not being sold from the original source, and the price point is dictated by how hot the ticket is rather than the original cost. Super Bowl tickets can get very pricey on the secondary market.

SeatGeek lists secondary tickets (as well as primary for select markets), including Super Bowl inventory. Leading up to Super Bowl LI we outlined all the features available on SeatGeek to help you save money and purchase tickets confidently. Some of these include our ticket price tracker, Deal Score, and a ticket guarantee. SeatGeek also has seat views of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on its venue page, so customers can check out where they’re sitting before making a purchase.

When to Buy Super Bowl Tickets

If you’re in the majority of people who have to buy their Super Bowl tickets through a secondary source, you’re likely wondering when the best time to make your purchase is. Resale activity spikes immediately following the conference championship games, but prices generally tend to fall as kickoff approaches. Keep checking the SeatGeek Super Bowl Ticket Tracker for up-to-date pricing info, and/or sign up for email alerts regarding price drops and discounts.

Acquiring Super Bowl tickets, at least face value ones, is no easy task. But it’s not impossible! Let’s break it down.