Average fans face uphill battle for limited Super Bowl tickets

Jan 23, 2015, 3:00 PM | Updated: Jan 28, 2015, 9:27 am
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PHOENIX — Professional football is the country’s most popular sport but, ironically, the NFL’s biggest game is also the most elusive for its legions of fans.

Wealthy companies, individuals, sponsors and celebrities gobble up tickets and shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars for luxury suites with all the amenities.

After those groups lock up their packages and the league distributes tickets to all its teams, very few tickets are left for the “average” fans who largely support the league.

“I realize it’s a business and there’s a big corporate aspect to it but I think there should be more tickets available,” said Jill Thacker, 36, who was raised in the state of Washington but has lived in Phoenix for the past 12 years.

Seventy-five percent of the tickets are allotted to the league’s 32 teams, with almost half split between the two conference champions, the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.

The last 25 percent goes to the league office. From that allotment 1,000 tickets are made available to the general public through a random drawing. According to NFL.com, winners of the drawing are notified in the fall that they have the opportunity to purchase one pair of tickets. These are the only tickets officially sold by the NFL.

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Average fans face uphill battle for limited Super Bowl tickets