Just three years ago, the Seattle Seahawks limped into the playoffs with a 7-9 record via winning the NFC West. It was the first and only time that a 7-9 team had made the playoffs. The 2010 NFC West was perhaps the worst division in NFL history, but things change quickly in the NFL. Today, the NFC West reigns supreme as the NFL’s top division. Following decisive victories over the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints, the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks are set to represent their division next Sunday and square off in the NFC Championship Game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. The average list price for NFC Championship tickets of $758.77 renders this showdown the single most expensive NFC football game this season.
Interestingly enough, these two teams were also involved in the second and third highest priced NFC games of the season. On December 12, the Seahawks hosted the New Orleans Saints in a game that carried an average ticket price of $589 dollars. The following week, the 49ers hosted the Seahawks in the final divisional game at Candlestick Park. Tickets for that game rang in at an average of $531. Needless to say, these two teams feature fan bases that are willing to spend big bucks, and that willingness increases still when the NFC Championship is on the line.
This will be the third consecutive appearance for the 49ers in the NFC Championship game, and it possesses by far the most expensive tickets of the bunch. Traveling 49ers fans got a bit of a gift last season when tickets for the NFC Championship in Atlanta averaged just $362.79 on the secondary market, with a get-in price of $162. When San Francisco hosted the New York Giants in 2012, tickets were quite a bit more expensive at an average $597 dollars. While ticket prices for this year’s contest are also more expensive than the Vikings-Saints NFC Championship matchup of 2010 ($744.20), they still represent a significant discount to 2011 tickets. At an average ticket price of $1,157.23, the Packers-Bears NFC Championship matchup of 2011 is the most expensive conference championship game for which TiqIQ has data. Interestingly enough, it was the only other conference championship game of the past five years to feature two teams from the same division. While the Seahawks and 49ers have developed a bit of a rivalry over the years since Seattle moved to the NFC West in 2002, it’s safe to say that they do not have the same history between them as Green Bay and Chicago.
Despite checking in as the second highest average priced NFC Championship game of the past five years, this year’s game is still the most expensive to get in to. Currently, the least expensive ticket available is listed at a price of $381 dollars. This represents a whopping 59% premium over the least expensive ticket sold to the 2011 NFC Championship game at Soldier Field, which went for $240. Still, $381 looks like an incredible deal compared to the most expensive ticket currently on the market. That ticket would be in Section Charter 109, Row A. At a price of $6,600 dollars, this midfield first row seat on the 49ers sideline is 74% more expensive than the highest priced AFC Championship ticket. There is however a silver lining for 49ers and Seahawks fans. With nearly 18,600 tickets listed on the market, prices are likely to decline in the coming days leading up to the game.
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