ORCHARD PARK, NY (WIVB) – With temperatures during Saturday night’s AFC Wild Card game between the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots expected to be single digits, ticket prices have dropped about 70% in just three days.
On Monday, the cheapest available seat would have cost around $ 110. Thursday afternoon, there were plenty of nosebleed seats available in the secondary market for around $ 30.
“The cold is the biggest of the reasons,” explained Nick Giammusso, President and CEO of VIP Tix.
Giammusso estimated that this game would typically cost at least $ 150-175 to participate. Although he believes Canadian border restrictions and the vaccine mandate at the stadium are minor causes, the ticket expert says the weather is driving a wave of tickets into the secondary market.
“I think prices will fall further,” Giammusso said. “There are a lot of sellers out there. There are more sellers than there are buyers.”
“I’m especially thinking about the better seats,” he added. “Right now you can get a 50-yard line seat on the Bills side for about $ 175 and $ 200. I think those seats will fall.”
Giammusso estimates that there are about 4,500 vacancies. But he expects to see a packed stadium.
“I think there are a lot of people selling their seats. If they don’t sell them, they will go,” he said. “I expect it to be a full audience. I expect it to be sold out. “
Chris Horvatits is an award-winning reporter who joined the News 4 team in December 2017. See more of his work here.