Super Bowl XLVII certainly has its share of hype and intrigue, whether it's two Harbaugh brothers on opposite sidelines, the first trip to the Super Bowl for the 49ers in 18 years, or Ray Lewis' swan song. However, ticket prices on the secondary market aren't reflecting the same magnitude.
As it currently sits this year's contest is the second highest average price in the last five Super Bowls, but based on recent trends it could end up as the cheapest. The average price for Super Bowl tickets is $2,795 per ticket with a get-in price of $1,649, 20 percent lower than they were just three weeks ago. In comparison, at this date last year, the average price for the Giants-Patriots matchup was sitting at $4,039, 45 percent higher than this year's current average. When considering that tickets for last year's game eventually dropped to an average of $2,956/ticket, prices for this year's game are likely to see a similar sharp decline as Super Bowl Sunday approaches. There are still over 4,500 tickets available on the market, perhaps a stronger indicator that 2013 Super Bowl tickets could be one of the cheapest in recent memory.
Still, as the pinnacle of sports events, Super Bowl prices can become ridiculous no matter which teams are playing. For example, luxury suites at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome are currently selling for anywhere from $144,000 to as high as $323,000 -- roughly the price of a Mercedes SLR McLaren. The most expensive "traditional" seat in the building is on the 50-yard line at Section 141, Row 19, and is currently going for $5,932.
As for what will unfold on Sunday, it appears it could be more of an old-school bout, with a large emphasis on defense. The rise of Colin Kaepernick has sparked intrigue both on and off the field, and has given the bay area hope for a sixth Lombardi Trophy, tied for most all-time. On the other side; Ray Lewis looks to write a storybook ending to a Hall of Fame career with a second Super Bowl title, coming full circle from his first career sack in 1996 on none other than quarterback Jim Harbaugh.