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Super Bowl ticket prices way, way up this year

Tickets for Super Bowl XLIV

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With fans still on cloud nine over the Giants trip to the Super Bowl, some are turning to resellers to snag tickets to the game - and they're obviously not coming cheap.

If you're among the diehards planning to make the trip, you're going to dig deep into your savings for entry to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, with the cheapest ticket about $2,250, according to data from TiqIQ.com, which tracks ticket prices everywhere from StubHub and eBay to the NFL Ticket Exchange and independent brokers.

"These tickets are among the highest we've seen since we've been around ... for any sport," said Chris Matcovich, spokesman for TiqIQ.

The average right now is around $4,030, down a few dollars from its peak price on Jan. 19, but well above the price for the Super Bowls of previous years.

Still, holding out for better prices may be the way to go, Matcovich said.

"In the week leading up to the game prices tend to drop a bit," he said. "The Super Bowl is a big planning thing, and most people can't decide last minute to book a flight and hotel," resulting "usually in a dip of a couple hundred dollars to about $500 in the week before the game," he said.

Here's how the prices stack up:

- $4,027: Current average
- $2,250: Mininum price
- $14,707: Most expensive ticket
- $600,000: Price a suite is going for
- 10.33%: Increase in avg. price over last year's Super Bowl
- 72.89%: Increase over 2010's Super Bowl

How it compares to the most expensive ticket for other events:
- $3,917: 2011 Stanley Cup game
- $1,918: 2011 BCS National Championship Game
- $1,328: 2011 NBA Finals game
- $1,048: 2011 World Series game


Follow reporter Tim Herrera on Twitter: @tim_herrera

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