(FINANCEBUZZ) – Many football fans turn to StubHub to get tickets to see their favorite teams play – this means inflated prices and high service fees. Is there any way to save on resale tickets?
To determine the best time to buy resale NFL tickets, the team at FinanceBuzz analyzed over 1.6 million aftermarket ticket sales from the 2021-2022 NFL season. Their recent study reveals when ticket demand is the highest, when prices are the lowest, how long fans should hold out to get the best deal, and which NFL team fans can save the most by waiting until the week of game day to purchase their tickets.
Here’s what the study found:
The best time to buy: Game day is the best time to buy a ticket to an NFL game. Tickets on game day are 29% cheaper than average, yet only 4% of resale tickets are sold that day.
The worst time to buy: The worst time to buy NFL tickets is 3+ months in advance. Fans paid 16% more than average when buying resale tickets 3 months or more in advance. In comparison, fans who bought resale tickets the week of the game paid 18% below average.
The average cost of a resale ticket: The average cost to buy a resale NFL ticket during the 2021-2022 season was $203. Fans saved an average of $37 per ticket by buying during the week leading up to game day.
When ticket demand is the highest: 28% of all secondary-market NFL tickets were sold the week of the game.