As we noted yesterday, the Seahawks sold out regular-season tickets in a blink. Not a surprise since they had 63,000 season-ticket holders and a 99 percent renewal rate.
That leaves the secondary market. Bring your wallet.
According to TiqIq, the average ticket cost is $426.88 for the 2014 season, a 24.4 percent increase from last year’s season average.
On their site, single tickets for home games range from a minimum of $126 (vs. the Giants and Cardinals) to $284 (opener against Green Bay). The cheapest road ticket? At St. Louis for a paltry $36.
The Chicago Bears are the only other team to currently have a season average above $400. No home Seahawks game this season has an average price below $300, while only five other teams have a season average above $300 on the secondary market. Last season three Seahawks home games had an average price below $300 and only the Week 13 Monday Night Football game against the New Orleans Saints had an average price above $500.
This year three home games on the Seahawks schedule have an average price above $500. The first regular season game of the NFL season is also the most expensive game on the secondary market when the Green Bay Packers visit CenturyLink Field. The Thursday night kickoff currently has an average price of $604.37, the only NFL game this season with an average price above $600. Two weeks later, Seattle will host a Super Bowl rematch against the Denver Broncos with an average price of $524.51, 22.9% above Seattle’s season average.
The Seahawks will gladly take your straight cash, homey.
> Peter King was quite impressed with Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins.
“I wouldn’t have taken him,’’ said former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy, now an analyst for NBC. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.
“It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’’
Lost in the fervor around Dungy’s comments was a solid story about the continued attempt to change lockerroom culture in the NFL.
> Lastly, some interesting thoughts from Bucky Brooks, who worked for the Seahawks as a regional scout in the early 2000s, on No. 1 corners. As you know, the Seahawks almost always choose to have Richard Sherman only play his side as opposed to shadow the top receiver.
It's interesting listening to various takes on No.1 CB responsibilities.. Some coaches believe in having the top CB travel to match No.1 WR— Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) July 22, 2014
(Cont.) Other coaches will match the top CB on the No.2 WR & use a double team (bracket or cloud) on the No.1 WR— Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) July 22, 2014
(Cont.) I've seen both tactics used successfully, so it really depends on what the DC believes in & how the top CB responds to challenges— Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) July 22, 2014