Super Bowl Tickets

Written by Charles Peacock
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Anyone who is an NFL football fan has probably dreamed of going to the Super Bowl. If your team is having a good year and it looks like they may be headed for a championship run, seeing them play in the Super Bowl is the ultimate way to show your support. Even if your team doesn't make it to the Super Bowl, going to the big game can still be a dream come true.

The Super Bowl is usually held in a warm locale, which makes it a perfect excuse for combining your passion for football with a lovely vacation. If you can get tickets, it shouldn't be hard to convince a friend or family member to accompany you to a regular Super Bowl location like San Diego, Tampa or New Orleans. Many of us who live in colder climes are used to watching games in freezing weather, so watching the championship game on a warm January day can be a special treat.

First Step for a Super Bowl Trip: Tickets

The first step in planning a Super Bowl trip is usually getting your hands on some tickets. This is no easy task--Super Bowl tickets are pretty scarce, and those available to the general public can be very expensive. One of the problems with finding tickets to the big game is that the NFL holds so many of them for their own use.

Each year, the NFL holds back a certain number of Super Bowl tickets for their own use. They distribute tickets to sponsors, NFL employees, as well as friends and families of the players on the teams who make the Super Bowl. These tickets make up a substantial proportion of the available tickets--sometimes over 50 percent.

If you're not lucky enough to have special contacts with players or the NFL, there is still a way to get tickets directly from the league. If you're planning far ahead, you can contact the league in writing (by certified mail) before June 1st. The league then conducts a lottery and offers tickets to a pre-determined number of people who have sent in ticket requests.

Other Ways to Get Super Bowl Tickets

Once the NFL has withheld their allotted number of tickets and sold some others directly to fans, they still have some tickets left for fans of the teams who make it to the big game. Each year, the NFL typically releases around 17 percent of available tickets to the two teams who make the Super Bowl. These tickets are then distributed to fans of the teams according to whatever method the team thinks is best.

If you are not a season ticket holder with your local team, your chances of getting Super Bowl tickets from the team are basically non-existent. NFL teams that make it to the Super Bowl typically only offer tickets to long-time season ticket holders. This is the team's way of repaying the loyalty of the fans who have stuck with them through the years.

If you are a season ticket holder, you still are not guaranteed to get Super Bowl tickets once your team makes it to the championship game. Since the team never receives enough tickets to accommodate all season ticket holders, they usually perform a lottery to decide who gets tickets. Fans eligible for the lottery are usually those who have had season tickets for several years, or those who own a lot of season tickets.


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