By Shannon Frost Greenstein
It’s a great day here in the City of Brotherly Love, because your favorite team and mine is headed to the Superbowl.
We’ll wait if you want to lead your co-workers or family in a rousing E-A-G-L-E-S cheer.
So, the Eagles have booked their ticket to Superbowl LII, and they are raring to go. But what about us fans? What is our next step?
Logically, it would be deciding that we MUST see the game, and proceeding to book our flight, reserve a hotel room, and procure tickets to the big event. However…things are starting to get a little pricey.
To begin with, the least expensive ticket to the Superbowl is $5,700. Yes, that’s the least expensive, and yes, those are two zeroes after the 7. If you think that’s bad, tickets behind one of the team benches are upwards of $12,000 apiece.
Now, let’s look at flights. Let’s pretend you woke up this morning after the win, and decided to check in on flight prices to Minneapolis. Apparently, according to Orbitz, more than 2,800 flights were booked into Minneapolis today alone. If they are even still available, flights leaving Philly on Saturday, Feb. 3 were about $700, with a layover, or $1,000 for a nonstop flight.
And lodging? Very, very few hotels have any availability, and they are at least 10 miles from the stadium. Those are running at a rate of around $525-$1,200 a night, and are selling out quickly.
“But what about Airbnb?” you might be asking. Well, those range from $200 for a room through almost $800 for an entire apartment. The Airbnb website helpfully adds, “388% more people are looking for homes in Minneapolis. You are coming to town at a popular time. We recommend booking soon.”
Moral of the story is, it’ll cost a pretty penny to attend Superbowl LII. But don’t worry if you’re not able to afford being at the big game in person. As long as you’re supporting the Eagles in your own unique way, you’re already part of their historic season. And who knows? Maybe you’ll even get the chance to celebrate in the streets of Philly, banging pots and blowing party favors and lighting sparklers, on February 4th!