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Eagles vs. The 49ers’ NFC Championship tickets are on track to become the NFL’s most expensive conference title game ever

Buyers came … buyers saw … and buyers logged in and wiped out Ticketmaster’s allotment of NFC title game seats in a matter of minutes Tuesday.

With the online attendance – which featured a queue of thousands when tickets went on sale to the public at 10 Tuesday — the cheapest shot many fans had to get into the NFC Championship Game vanished as quickly as it arrived. It showed what secondary ticket market analysts have been predicting since Sunday’s matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers was set: This was going to be a scorching hot ticket.

So far, it has lived up to the hype, with the NFC title game currently stacking up as the most expensive conference title game in NFL history. According to industry search engine TicketIQ, the average price per ticket hit $2,468 Monday afternoon, with president Jesse Lawrence calling it “the most expensive conference championship game we’ve ever tracked.” The early number ripped past the previous high, set last year between the 49ers and Los Angeles Rams, which reached $1,542 in average price per game. ticket.

Secondary inventory for the game was still solidly high Tuesday, hovering in the range of 4,000 to 5,000 tickets still available. If it stays that high, it could drive prices lower – but the limited general sale to the public by Ticketmaster was quickly wiped out, it’s possible that inventory will start to dry up as buyers start to lose patience and take what is available. As of Tuesday afternoon, Lawrence said the highest average price was still strong.

“Prices are holding right now,” Lawrence said. “The entry price was down a bit, but overall the average is right where it was (Monday).”

Jalen Hurts and his Philadelphia Eagles are in high demand as they prepare to face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The entry price for the game (which represents only the cheapest stadium or standing room seat) was nearly $700 before fees late Tuesday night.

The NFC game is not alone either. The AFC Championship matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals had an average single ticket price of $1,218, according to TicketIQ data Monday afternoon. That represented the most expensive average AFC title game price ever tracked by the outlet and the fourth-highest of any conference title game. These numbers do not include playoffs with reduced capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why the tip? Analysts say inflation is likely to be at play, as is everything else in sales over the past 12 months, but there has also been significant demand. StubHub’s head of partnerships Adam Budelli said the business saw massive demand for divisional-round tickets, foreshadowing the demand for conference titles.

“Last weekend’s games doubled (January 2022) divisional round sales on StubHub, setting the stage for a record-breaking championship weekend for ticket sales,” Budelli said. “The demand for both the AFC and NFC championships is up from last year at this point. While (Bengals quarterback Joe) Burrow and (Chiefs quarterback Patrick) Mahomes are predicted to come out in what is sure to be a memorable rematch (of last year’s AFC title game), is the clash between the elite defense and passionate fan bases of the 49ers. and Eagles dominate sales.”

So what does this mean for potential Super Bowl sales? It is too early to tell as the game’s matchup has not been decided. But the trend of selling hot divisions and conference championships could help create another massive price tag for Super Bowl tickets.

“The current (Super Bowl) average list price is $9,527, which is extremely high, even for a Super Bowl,” Lawrence said. “Prices probably won’t stay that high, but if they did, it would be the most expensive Super Bowl we’ve tracked.”

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