The process of buying Super Bowl tickets is not like any other event. You cannot go to a ticket booth of any kind, buy them online (unless they are second market tickets) or purchase them at the door. The NFL has created a complex system so only the real Die-Hard fans of American Football get to purchase the tickets.
From February till June of each year the NFL receives letters from those soliciting to purchase Super Bowl tickets, and will only give out 500 double tickets by a lottery process. There are other ways to get hold of a Super Bowl ticket, but if you want it at fair price you need to be a season ticket holder at the least and get lucky to any of the draws mentioned below.
How Many Super Bowl Tickets Are Sold?
The Levis Stadium has a capacity of 68,500 seats, although it can be extended to 75,000 tickets sold.
How Much Do Super Bowl Tickets Cost?
On the Secondary Market, were most of the people are more likely to buy a ticket, Super Bowl Tickets have a price between $2,000 and $6,000 dollars, depending on the level and seating type.
Steps to Purchase a Super Bowl Ticket
The NFL Ticket Lottery – As mentioned above, the NFL receives letters throughout the year, from February 1 to June 1, and only those will participate on the yearly lottery to win one of the 500 Super Bowl tickets available.
In order to participate in this lottery fans must send a physical main to NFL headquarters with the following personal data:
- Full Name
- Zip Code
- Physical Mail Address
Super Bowl Random Drawing
P.O. Box 49140
Strongsville, OH 44149-0140
All winners in the ballot will be notified during the months of October to September. Tickets won´t be send to your home to avoid re-selling, instead all winners must claim their Super Bowl ticket at the entrance of the Stadium on Super Bowl Day. To claim the ticket the winner must bring his personal ID and credit card to purchase the ticket, no cash.
NFL ADA Ticket Draw – The NFL ADA Draw is similar to the previous with the difference this one is only for physical unable people. Another set of tickets will be drawn in a similar fashion and winners can claim a wheel chair seat with a companion seat. ADA participants have more time to send their mail from February 1 to September 1. The process to send the letter to NFL headquarters is the same but with a different send to address:
Super Bowl ADA Random Drawing
345 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10154
Fans of Super Bowl Finalists Teams – Each of the teams playing the Super Bowl get 17.5% of the tickets. The management of each team then perform a similar lottery to the NFL to allocate tickets by a draw on all who send letters requiring a Super Bowl ticket. The procedure to contest for these tickets must be consulted on the qualifying team’s homepage by the time they are finalists.
Buy Super Bowl Tickets in San Francisco – The host city gets 5% of the Super Bowl tickets. It is up to the stadium of the San Francisco 49ers, The Levi´s Stadium, to decide how to sell the Super Bowl tickets.
Buy Super Bowl Tickets in the Rest of the USA – 1.2% of the tickets are sold throughout the country by all the NFL member teams. Consult your home team´s webpage to find out more.
How to Buy Super Bowl Tickets Online
As you might have realized the NFL wants die-hard fans to get the most chance of buying a Super Bowl ticket. Only those who take the time and subscribe for the draw and are season ticket holders get the first chance of buying a ticket.
But the rest of the people might still find 25% of the remaining tickets on the Secondary Market, online re-sellers that purchase big lots of tickets to re-sell at a higher price. Prices begin slightly over the official price, but it changes daily according to demand. The faster they are bought the more the price increases.
Typically a Super Bowl ticket ends up costing higher than $1,000 dollars. This is the main reason why the Super Bowl has become something more than a final game to be more of a festival, with celebrity performances and high quality entertainment for most of the day.