WASHINGTON — Even if you’re not a Bengals or Rams fan, going to the Super Bowl is one of those experiences many football fans have on their bucket lists. However, unless you have a really generous friend, a new survey finds you’d better prepare to spend big — even to sit in the cheap seats!
A new WalletHub study found that the average cost of a Super Bowl LVI ticket on the resale market will cost fans a whopping $9,843. That’s a 21-percent increase over 2021’s Super Bowl, and that one had Tom Brady in it! If you don’t mind sitting in the “nosebleeds,” the lowest Super Bowl LVI ticket will still cost a fan $5,397. Shockingly, that’s a nearly 30-percent decrease from last year’s game.
All of this doesn’t even factor in the cost of getting to the big game. With 2022’s Super Bowl taking place in Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium, researchers found that the average price of a hotel in the L.A. area will cost fans about $340 during Super Bowl weekend. Tourists arriving in town for the big game will also spend about $250 each day during their vacation.
While it’ll be a pricey weekend for the fans enjoying the Super Bowl, things are a lot better for the players — even if they lose! The study reveals each player on the losing team in last year’s game (the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV) received a consolation check for $75,000. Meanwhile, Brady and his Buccaneer teammates pocketed $150,000 each for their winning effort.
Even if they’re not going to the actual game, many NFL fans still love to take in all the local festivities that come along with the Super Bowl. Estimates show around 125,000 out-of-towners are heading to Los Angeles for Super Bowl weekend. That matches the number who visited Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII and finishes just behind the over 150,000 tourists visiting Miami for Super Bowl LIV.
Football Sunday is all about the food!
For those football fans planning to watch the game on television this year, it turns out many will do it in the comfort of their own home. Six in 10 have no plans to host or attend a Super Bowl party this year. Just one in five are heading to a Super Bowl Sunday party, and those parties will have an average of 14 guests there for the big game.
Wherever fans are enjoying the game, they’ll definitely big pigging out on great food! The survey finds Americans eat 1.4 billion chicken wings during the Super Bowl. Shoppers also buy 10 million pounds of ribs during the week leading up to the big game.
Americans also chow down on 11.2 million pounds of potato chips and over eight million pounds of guacamole on Super Bowl Sunday. It’s also a huge night for local pizzerias, as pizza orders go up by 30 percent on gameday in comparison to a normal Sunday.
When it’s time to wash all that food down, Americans buy nearly 50 million cases of beer on Super Bowl Sunday alone! The WalletHub team finds beer consumption goes up by 90 percent during the big game compared to the average day.