The secondary ticket market is offering further proof that Sunday’s Seahawks-49ers game is as hotly anticipated as any regular-season contest the team has ever played.
At Epic Seats, a Seattle company that resells tickets to sporting events and concerts, the lowest price for a ticket on Tuesday was $225, according to company co-founder James Kimmel, the most ever for a regular-season Seahawks game.
“It is the hottest regular-season ticket we have seen, and we’ve been in business 10 years,’’ said Kimmel.
The resale of tickets for football games and other sporting events is legal in the state of Washington, and that’s the only way to get a ticket to a Seahawks game this season.
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The Seahawks sold 62,000 season tickets for this season after 98 percent of ticket- holders from 2012 renewed, which the team said was a franchise record.
The rest of the 5,000 or so the Seahawks had available for each of eight regular-season games sold out within hours after going on sale July 22. The lowest-priced face value for a Seahawks ticket this year is $55.
Kimmel says Sunday’s contest against the 49ers rivals any Seattle sporting event his company has seen.
He said the only game that had a similar get-in-the-door price was the 2006 NFC Championship Game against Carolina. Given inflation and the fact that face-value ticket prices are higher now, that one probably remains a more-sought ticket in relative terms.
Otherwise, though, Kimmel said nothing really compares to Sunday’s game.
Kimmel said four games a year ago had lowest prices in the $150 to $200 range — contests against Dallas, Green Bay, New England and San Francisco.
Kimmel says the anticipation for this season, and the fact that the home schedule doesn’t feature as many big-name teams, has helped spike the interest for the 49ers game.
“It’s been the one game on the schedule that everybody wants to go to,’’ he said. “If they are going to pick one, this is it.’’
As of Tuesday afternoon, tickets were even more expensive on StubHub.com, where the lowest-priced ticket was $256.10. The highest-priced tickets on StubHub.com were suites listed for $11,001.99.
Kimmel says his company is planning a radio promotion for later this week featuring tickets for as low as $199, which he says will be the cheapest on the secondary market.
He also says prices have decreased slightly in the past few weeks, saying the lowest-priced ticket they had available a few weeks ago was $250.
“It’s come down a little bit in the last week or so, and I think some of that is just that prices started so high,’’ he said.
He said Seattle’s season-opening win at Carolina didn’t really impact prices “because they were already pretty high. A loss might have marked them down a little bit.’’
Tickets for other Seahawks games won’t put as big of a dent in the pocketbook, though they still aren’t cheap. Kimmel says the lowest-priced ticket they have for any game is $95 for the Sept. 22 game against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars.
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