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October 2009 Saints, Giants matchup becomes a hot ticket

Saints, Giants matchup becomes a hot ticket

Tickets readily available, but the price is climbing

By James Jones

Tickets are available for the sold-out New Orleans Saints-New York Giants contest, but they come with a growing price tag.

For those wanting to attend Sunday’s unbeaten showdown at the Louisiana Superdome rather than watch it on the Fox network, tickets cost between $97 and $14,000 at several online ticket outlets.

The online ticket brokers are taking advantage of the Saints’ huge popularity, which has led to home game sellouts for the fourth straight season.


“The four straight sellouts this year isn’t really something new,” Saints’ Director of Communications Ricky Zeller said. “Every seat is sold out as a season ticket.’’

Stubhub.com has one of the more reasonable tickets. The eBay-owned company has regular tickets between $97 and $3,000.

Ticketcity.com and Ticketexchangebyticketmaster.com also have affordable ticket rates, which are similar. Ticketcity’s prices are between $145 and $890, with Ticketexchange’s ranging from $125 to $1,499.

Four other online ticket outlets offer seats in the luxury suites in addition to regular spots: ticketliquidator.com, clickitticket.com, ticketnetwork.com and ticketzoom.com.

Ticketzoom starts out at $133 and sells luxury seats at $12,950. Ticketliquidator and Ticketnetwork each have identical tickets between $136 and $13,195. Clickitticket’s seats start out at $140 with luxury box seats for $14,000.

Buying tickets online also comes with extra fees. Buyers usually pay 10 percent more than the original ticket price, as well as shipping and handling fees for tickets either delivered by Federal Express or picked up at the venue..

Sellers — usually season ticket holders wanting to dump tickets to online brokers — earn 15 percent less than their original ticket price.

Whenever tickets are sold out at the box office, the online retailers resell them to increase their market value. For example, Stubhub makes a 25 percent commission from a ticket sale.

Reselliing tickets is legal in 38 states, provided retailers don’t sell them at the venue.


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