CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The next stop for the New England Patriots is Super Bowl XLIX. After crushing the Indianapolis Colts at home for the AFC Championship, on Sunday night, the Patriots and Pats Nation have their sights set on the Seattle Seahawks.
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With less than two weeks to go until kickoff against the Seahawks in Phoenix, fans from western Massachusetts wasted no time getting to sporting goods stores for new gear, but for some, that’s not enough.
If you were to cheer on the Patriots in person at the Super Bowl, before you can even think about airfare, hotels, parking or food, you have to get your hands on a ticket. If you go to the ticket exchange online, you can grab a ticket for $2,500, $3,000, or $5,000 just for one person.
22News looked at four major travel sites for hotel and airfare packages the weekend of February 1. The lowest price we could find was around $1,200 per traveler, and you haven’t had anything to eat or drink yet. Still, some fans say it’d be a price worth paying for the Pats.
Mary Ann Jenkins of Southampton said, “I’m telling you, I would spend $10,000 to go and see them in the Super Bowl, because I’ve never done it before. It would be so exciting.”
One Chicopee fan is planning to make the big trip. Rich Innes started saving for the ticket recently, and plans to stay with friends in Arizona to save on a hotel. However, don’t look for him in Patriots colors at the stadium.
“I was upset when my Cowboys lost, but I’ll take Seattle,” Innes said. “It’s an experience! A once in a lifetime experience.”
It’s something the most passionate of fans simply agree on: it may take a while to pay off the credit card, but possibility of being a part of a historic Super Bowl win? Priceless.