The Philadelphia Eagles are back in the Super Bowl for the first time in five years. This year’s game will be in warm and sunny Glendale, Arizona presenting Eagles fans an opportunity to escape the cold and hopefully see their favorite team win it all.
With the popularity of the event and the distance needed to travel to get there, it won’t be an inexpensive experience. Just getting to the venue will be a stressor on the good ol’ family’s budget. The game is scheduled for Sunday, February 12th. That’s less than two weeks away, so fans need to act quickly if they want to see it in person.
Super Bowl tickets will be the priciest part of your trip.
The most expensive part of the trip will be covering the cost of attending the game. Both the Eagles and their opponent, the Kansas Chiefs, are extremely popular teams. Both franchises finished with 14-3 records in their respective conferences, so the matchup could be among one of the more exciting Super Bowls in recent years.
Resale markets such as Ticketmaster, Stubhub, etc. are the only way everyday fans are able to purchase tickets. According to Ticketmaster, the cheapest pair of tickets to get into Super Bowl 57 is $6,000/ticket to sit in the upper-level corner of the stadium. Third-party fees and taxes go for an additional $1,000 on top of that. This adds up to over $7,000 per ticket or $14,000 for the pair.
Fans looking to get closer to the action will pay substantially more. Section 107 through 110 of State Farm Stadium will be right behind the Eagles’ bench and the perfect place to watch all the action. Prices start at $12,500 each for these sections and go all the way up to $35,000 per ticket for row two. The taxes and fees will make the most expensive ticket just over $40,000/each.
Flights and hotel stays are significantly expensive costs as well.
The flight to Phoenix and the hotel will cost less than the game itself, but both still eat up a significant part of the budget. According to Google Flights, the cheapest round-trip flight from Philadelphia to Phoenix from Friday, February 10th to Monday, February 13th is only $434. However, the route is on a budget carrier with multiple stops.
Fans looking for a more convenient route will have to pay nearly $3,000 round-trip for a nonstop flight between the two cities. The flight time is listed at five hours and 20 minutes, so some fans might prefer to travel in the comfort of first-class seats. This would come to $7,500 for a round-trip flight.
As for hotels, most fans will likely need three nights if taking the trip from Friday to Monday. According to Google Hotels, the cheapest hotel in the Phoenix metro area is $253 per night to stay about 25-30 minutes from the stadium. This would add up to a total of $759 plus transportation to and from the game and activities.
Glendale, which is where the stadium is located has a sports and entertainment district making it the perfect place to stay for fans that want to be centrally located. Hotels here cost upwards of $1,200 per night. The convenience and walkability of the area would be a plus for travelers, but three nights would cost nearly $4,000.
Is it worth it?
Even choosing the most budget option will cost nearly $16,000 for two game tickets, two flights, and three nights at a hotel. Add in ground transportation, luggage costs, souvenirs, and food and drinks, and you can expect to spend an additional several hundred dollars.
For most people, it would be the trip of a lifetime that many won’t ever experience. An Eagles win would make it even more special, but it would be an unforgettable journey regardless.
For those that can’t attend, the Super Bowl is one of the most publicized events in the world. Luckily there will be non-stop coverage among the media outlets including what we bring to you here.