Let’s price that trip to Denver, the one that would allow you to watch arguably the greatest middle linebacker of all time face arguably the greatest quarterback of all time in one final game.
Ray Lewis, with all of his pre-play growling and gesticulating, will stand across from Peyton Manning, with all his pointing and audible calling, in the AFC Divisional Round at Denver’s Mile High Stadium.
According to NFL Ticket Exchange.com, there were almost 5,500 seats available to the game as of 8:45 this morning, ranging from $150 to $2,500 a piece. There are seats available in every section of the stadium.
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(StubHub had about 4,400 tickets left, starting at $145 and ranging all the way up to $3,999 for something called Midfield Club. No word on whether this ticket actually gives you the right to call plays during the second half.)
For the purpose of this exercise, let’s sit in section 330. It’s in the second tier of the stadium, on the corner of an end zone. The views should be pretty good, and we’ll save some cash by not having the better vantage point from the middle of the field. Tickets in this section are being sold for $315 a piece.
Now we’ve got to get to Denver. According to Orbitz, the cheapest flights out of BWI that leave Friday and return Sunday are $598.
Hotels, for now, aren’t too bad. You can get a room at one of the Marriott brands for $150 if you’re willing to stay a bit outside of downtown proper. But a spot right in the middle of everything is going for $189. Let’s pick that.
Of course, you may be able to skimp in some areas, or have some built in savings via frequent flier miles, Marriott points or being able to call that one guy from college who ended up in Denver and asking him to crash on his couch. Sneaking a case or two of Bohs on the plane will also save you from paying exorbitant beer fees once you’re on the ground, as well. Veteran move, that.
So before meals, most taxes, entertainment, baggage fees, airport parking, transportation, food at the stadium and other assorted costs, you’re looking at a bill of about $2,200 for two people to get to Denver to watch the Ravens try to Beat the Broncos, extend Ray Lewis’ career and return to the AFC Championship game after last year’s devastating let down in New England.
Not a bad price, eh?
If you’re currently in the midst of trying to book your trip to Denver, let me know. I’d like to write about it.