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Patriots Tickets Up 31% Since Last Season

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Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls a play in the huddle against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls a play in the huddle against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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The New England Patriots come into the 2014 season with high expectations, but that’s nothing new for a team that consistently makes the postseason. Still, the Patriots have seen a huge increase in ticket price on the secondary market, according to TiqIQ.

Last year, Patriots tickets averaged $277.48. That number was one of the higher figures in the league, but it pales in comparison to what tickets are averaging this season. Currently, the average for Patriots tickets is at $363.83, which is 31% more than what it was last year.

While there are some games that are averaging a large amount, the biggest difference from last season is a lack of cheaper options. This season there isn’t a single game averaging under $200. The cheapest game is against the Buffalo Bills, and even that game is currently averaging $259.44 a ticket. In fact, the only other game averaging less than $300 is against the Miami Dolphins with the game averaging $277.85.

But not all of the Patriots’ division games are that cheap. Patriots vs Jets tickets Week 7 on a Thursday night eclipses the $300 mark, with a $314.11 average. That game is even more expensive than the game against the Cincinnati Bengals, a team that beat the Patriots last season. Patriots vs Bengals tickets for the Week 5 game on a Sunday night are averaging $308.87.

The most expensive game is their match-up against the Denver Broncos. It’s no surprise with the two teams meeting in a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship game, not to mention the ongoing saga between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. The game is averaging $539.30 per ticket, which is the only game on the Patriots schedule that is over $500.

The Chicago Bears are the biggest surprise on the list. Despite being an NFC opponent with no major history against the Patriots, tickets are averaging $454.47 for the second most expensive game on the schedule.

The Detroit Lions are the other NFC team to play the Patriots at Gillette Stadium, and the cost of that game is at $356.58. That’s actually the fourth highest for the season, behind the Patriots home opener against the Oakland Raiders. Despite the Raiders poor performance over the last decade, the game in New England is still averaging $388.61.

The New England Patriots are one of the most expensive tickets in the league on the secondary market. The schedule is headlined by games against the Broncos and Bears, but overall the prices are pretty similar throughout the schedule, with very few cheap options.

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