The Super Bowl is coming up, and although many of us are watching from home, there are still thousands making their way to watch it live. How much are they paying? Business Insider calculates the total cost.
Super Bowl XLVII is less than a week away, and more than 70,000 fans are preparing to swarm the Lousiana Superdome to watch the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers battle it out for the biggest prize in the NFL.
But at what cost?
Like any major sporting event, the Bowl brings unprecedented business with it to whichever city is lucky enough to play host, and that means businesses won't hesitate to take advantage of the bonanza of Game Weekend traffic.
From food to flights, we've crunched the numbers to find out exactly what it would cost two fans hoping to take in the festivities in the flesh.
Tickets: $2,000 to $300,000+
Yes, you read that correctly. Fans looking for optimal seating will shell out more than a quarter-million smackers.
The coveted 400 level suites are going from $112,000 to an astounding $300,000+, according to StubHub.
"This high-end figure is more than double what the assistant coach on a Super Bowl team makes in a year, and it's also enough to buy this five-bedroom, four-bath home in Tampa, FL, with $30,000 to spare," says Matt Ong.
Read on for more.
Your best bet: If possible, wait until Game Day. In 2012, asking prices plummeted 50 percent on the day of the Bowl, and TiqIQ predicts prices will drop the closer we get to the game.
Flight to New Orleans: $1,200 to $1,900 per person
San Francisco and Baltimore fans looking to book flights to will pay a pretty penny on travel to the Gulf.
At our latest search, Expedia had flights from San Francisco to New Orleans starting at $1,851 for travel on Jan. 31 and returning Feb. 4 (including two transfers!).
For only one layover, the price jumps to $1,917.
For Ravens fans, flights from Baltimore to New Orleans are starting at $1,268 with the same itinerary.
Looking to save? It might be worth it to research bus, train, and rental car options. Greyhound offers bus service from Baltimore to New Orleans for $313 a head. The ride will take you more than a day, but if savings are what you're after, that's the price you'll have to pay.
Lodging: From $400 per night
At $394 per night, the average hotel rate is four times the usual for Super Bowl weekend, according to Hotwire.com. Most hotels within walking distance of the stadium have long been sold out, though there are package deals to be had for fans with cash to burn.
Vivid Seats is offering two-person, four-night packages at the Hampton Inn Metairie that include tickets to the game (prices starting from $7,788 to $16,946 for two people). That includes perks like fan memorabilia and other goodies.
We were able to find a $1,500 per night rate for two at the two-and-a-half-star Royal St. Charles Hotel, but budget travelers
will find the best deals beyond the city limits (just be sure to factor in the costs of renting a car). According to Priceline, a stay at the one-star Marina Motel Chalmette in Chalmette, LA, will set you back a fairly reasonable $350 a night.
Your best bet: Think outside the hotel. Try to find digs on Airbnb (private rooms starting at at $262 a night), CouchSurfing.org, or Craigslist. Just watch out for possible scams. You should never agree to pay for stays by wire transfer or cash advance. We'd recommend putting your stay on a credit card when possible, as most companies will cover customers for fraud.
Stadium parking: up to $650
Unless you're fine shelling out up to $650 to get within walking distance of the stadium (see Super Bowl Parking for rates), it might be wise to cut costs here.
Many hotels offer shuttle services on Game Day, and private parking spots can be found for $25 and up if you're willing to walk more than a mile to get there.
Another option: Check out ads on Craigslist. Some locals might be willing to share space in their driveways for a reasonable fee. Just do so with caution (a closed garage would be safer than, say, a spot on the curb in a dicey neighborhood), and be sure to take all of your valuables with you.
Getting around: $300 for the weekend
We don't recommend renting a car for the weekend, given the fact that New Orleans has a solid public transportation system and plenty of cabs on hand.
But if you must, a standard ride will set you back between $59 from Enterprise and $71 from Hertz — per day.
City buses cost $1.25 per ride or $9 for a three-day pass, and there's also the option of renting a bicycle.
If you're new in town, you'd be wise to pick up a city map from the New Orleans Tourism Bureau.
Food: $300 ($50 per person, per day)
$100 to feed two people per day may sound like a lot, but local businesses won't hesitate to mark up prices to take advantage of Game Day crowds.
And honestly, what visit to New Orleans would be complete without a healthy dose of Bourbon Street nightlife?
Breakfast: Try to get free breakfast with your hotel, or book an Airbnb room that comes with breakfast. Or try cheap, quick eats around town like the well-known Daisy Dukes ($4.99 and up for breakfast). If you're determined to nab a spot at the super-trend Café Du Monde, get ready to wait in hours-long lines to score that $5 beignet.
Lunch: You can always get lunch and dinner on the cheap by grabbing a po' boy, which is a New Orleans-style sandwich. You can easily pick one up for less than $10.
Dinner: If you want to get a taste of real Southern cuisine, a complete Creole dinner at the Gumbo Shop in the French Quarter will still only put you out $24.99 plus tax and tip. A Creole dinner at the renowned Arnaud's in the French Quarter will cost you around $40-$60 for two courses.
Stadium snacks: $100 ($50 per person)
If you haven't seen the official Super Bowl XLVII menu released last week, prepare to drool:
Food vendor Centerplate will be serving up a ton of NOLA flavor, with dishes like Alligator Chili; Roast Beef Po' Boy; BBQ shrimp and grits; Natchitoches craw fish pies; Chicken and Sausage Gumbo; and craft cocktails.
The menu ranges from $6 (waffle fries) to $30 (Gulf Shrimp Cocktail), according to Centerplate rep John Hickman.
We'd recommend filling up on the $15 po' boy and splitting the fries with a pal.
See the full menu here.
If Creole isn't your favorite flavor profile, we're sure you'll have plenty of hot dog, pizza, and beer to satiate your hunger.
Team Jerseys: $200 for two official Nike jerseys
Nike nabbed exclusive rights to this year's official NFL jerseys, which it rolled out last Spring.
Here's price tiering, according to Nerdwallet.
Pricing structure is separated into three tiers:
- The Game Jersey for $100
- The Limited Jersey for $135
- The Elite Jersey for $250
- See the full list of offerings at Nike.com.
Total cost: about $10,080
As noted previously, we calculated the overall expenses for two adults visiting NOLA Friday through Sunday.
- Lodging: $400 x 3 nights = $1,200
- Tickets: $2,500 x 2 people = $5,000
- Flights: (at least) $1,200 x 2 people = $2,800
- Parking: $300 for close-range spots
- Car rental: $60 x 3 days = $180
- Food: $100 x 3 days = $300
- Game Day snacks: $100
- NFL jersey: $100 x 2 = $200
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