Steelers fans: Want a ticket to the Patriots game? You'll pay premium price
Fans eyeing tickets for Sunday's much-anticipated New England Patriots-Pittsburgh Steelers clash at Heinz Field that many have billed as the NFL regular season game of the year will have to dig deep.
As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, SeatGeek.com listed among the cheapest tickets for the Patriots-Steelers showdown at $224 each for two seats in section 526.
Those seats normally sell to season ticket holders for $96 each, according to the Pittsburgh Steelers' website. StubHub.com had some standing-room tickets listed for sale at $190 each.
If a Steelers or Patriots fan wants a premium seat on the first level at the 50-yard line behind the Steelers bench, they'll have to pony up $722 for one of two seats in section 135.
Chris Leyden, a content analyst for SeatGeek, credits both teams' fan bases for the keen interest.
"I think the most interesting thing when you look at it is how the seats have increased throughout the season as the game approached. The median price per ticket has gone up 46 percent over the past two months and still rose 13 percent the past two weeks," Leyden said.
Leyden doubts the Patriots' Monday night loss , ending its eight-game win streak, will impact prices.
"Typically, the Steelers and Patriots are a big matchup, and this year both teams are especially good. This game could likely determine who is getting home field advantage through the AFC Championship," he said.
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The median ticket price for the game has been $303 since tickets went on sale, but Leyden says Tuesday's median ticket price on the website is $500 per seat.
"Surprisingly, this stands as the 15th most in-demand game in the NFL this year, but I expect it will finish among the top 10 by Sunday," he said.
The most in-demand game in the NFL was the Patriots' season opener against Kansas City on Sept. 7, he said.
Leyden added that a lot of the sale traffic — about 10 percent — is being driven by fans from the New England area.
"Steelers fans will be seeing a lot of Patriots fans there," he said.
For the more economical-minded Steelers fan, there's always the last regular season game of the year at 1 p.m. Dec. 31 against the winless Cleveland Browns. Several tickets on the 500 level for that game were available on SeatGeek.com at $75 each.
Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.