About the Super Bowl LIII
The Greatest Football Game on Earth: A Brief History
Way back in the dark ages (ahem, the 1960s), pro football wasn't dominated by just one league like it is today. Two leagues competed for fans' allegiance—the National Football League (NFL) as the veteran league created in the 1920s, and the American Football League (AFL) as the new up-and-comer. Though the greener AFL wasn't particularly successful at the outset, all of that changed when the two leagues went head-to-head in the first ever cross-league championship game—an event that soon came to be known as the "Super Bowl."
The first Super Bowl was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 15th, 1967, and tickets were just $12. Despite the downright bargain ticket prices, only 61,000 spectators filed into the 93,000+ seat stadium for the game—that’s right, the first Super Bowl didn’t even sell out! Fans still got to watch a heck of a matchup, though, with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers crushing the AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10.
Despite its lackluster ticket sales, the first Super Bowl was a success, and the NFL and the AFL would continue their token championship game for several years. Eventually, the two leagues merged, leading to each getting their own conference—the NFC and the AFC—and continuing the Super Bowl tradition under the now-united National Football League.
The Dawn of a Worldwide Phenomenon
Super Bowls came and went annually in this new era, with the AFC and NFC forming legendary rivalries and hosting spectacular games over the years. The high drama of Super Bowl Sunday became the pinnacle of winter in U.S., and the pageantry of the Super Bowl halftime show and famed TV ads grew bigger and bolder each year.
It wasn’t long before the Super Bowl evolved into the biggest sporting event of the year. Bigger and more exciting than the World Series, the NBA Finals, and the Stanley Cup combined, the Super Bowl today is a massive event that’s televised around the globe—and one that has ticket providers working overtime to keep up with demand!
Traditionally, you’re more likely to find cheap Super Bowl tickets as the game gets closer. Prices are believed to be at their highest right after the conference championships, thanks to increased fan enthusiasm and demand during this time. Of course, the most memorable year in Super Bowl ticket sales happened in 2015, as fans witnessed skyrocketing prices when demand reached levels never seen before.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Super Bowl?
The Super Bowl takes place on the first Sunday in February every year. This season, Super Bowl LIII happens on February 3rd, 2019.
Where is the Super Bowl held?
Super Bowl LIII will take place at Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
The location of the Super Bowl changes each year, though some cities are chosen to host more often than others. Not unlike the Olympics, the NFL chooses the Super Bowl location well in advance, and host cities must make a bid for the privilege. To even be considered, the city typically needs to meet the following requirements:
- Have their own NFL team
- Have a stadium with seating capacity of at least 70,000 seats
- Be in a sufficiently warm climate or offer an indoor arena—so the teams aren’t playing in 3 feet of snow!
- Other requirements include having enough practice space for two teams, providing ample parking space for fans to attend and tailgate, and sufficient infrastructure to support the event in general.
When do Super Bowl tickets go on sale?
Because the NFL determines the location of the game years in advance, Super Bowl tickets generally go on sale right at the beginning of the NFL season. Fans can buy tickets directly from the NFL, but you’ll be paying a premium if you do. In fact, the NFL sells Super Bowl tickets for prices substantially higher than ticket marketplaces like Gametime. Right now, the cheapest Super Bowl tickets on Gametime are more than $1,000 less than similar tickets sold directly by the NFL.
How much do Super Bowl LIII tickets cost?
Ticket marketplaces like Gametime are an ideal place for fans to purchase the cheapest Super Bowl tickets. Over the years, fans have seen average Super Bowl ticket prices fluctuate between $2,500 and $3,000. However, prices vary depending on the matchup, the players, and when you purchase your tickets. Super Bowl ticket prices generally go down as game day approaches, but they can change substantially once the matchup is determined. Prices are also influenced by location, weather, and many other factors.
When is the best time to buy Super Bowl tickets?
Super Bowl tickets can go for $5,000 a seat or more, but these prices fluctuate wildly throughout the season and as the game nears. Immediately following the AFC and NFC championship games, for example, prices are usually driven higher by fans who want to see their team play on Super Bowl Sunday.
Generally speaking, though, the closer it is to game day, the cheaper Super Bowl tickets become. This means that last-minute Super Bowl tickets are almost always the way to go.
So, what’s the best way to buy Super Bowl tickets?
Hands down: on a ticket marketplace! The NFL partners with Ticketmaster to sell official tickets, but it's unlikely that's where you're going to get the best deal. Gametime sources tickets from several verified vendors to help you unlock the best deals on the cheapest Super Bowl tickets.
Why should I choose Gametime over a ticket reseller?
Gametime offers some of the best prices for Super Bowl tickets, paired with some of the lowest service fees—so you know you're getting the best deal possible. And when you purchase our guaranteed tickets, you can rest assured knowing you'll have your tickets in-hand on game day.