The only thing harder than playing your way into the Super Bowl might be buying a ticket.
America's most watched sporting event isn't just a television ratings explosion; it's also an extremely expensive ticket. Face-value tickets to Super Bowl XLIX range from $500 to $1,000, according to internal sales data from Stubhub reported by ESPN. But on the resale market, where all tickets exist at this point, the average price for a ticket if you bought it on Jan. 25 was $5,326.
The resale value jumps not only because of demand, but also because of the intricate workings of ticket brokers and resale websites, as ESPN's Darren Rovell explained. As of Thursday morning, the cheapest ticket just to get in was $8,070.
Of course, these insanely high prices aren't too surprising. It's just part of the trend in exponentially increasing ticket prices for the Super Bowl. In theory, the prices will drop once demand does, but as the country's most popular sport attracts even more eyeballs, one can imagine ticket prices will only go higher.
For perspective, check out the data visualization below. It shows the inflation-adjusted average ticket price for each year's Super Bowl.