Carolina Panthers: Hot ticket?

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Jan 12, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers fans Roman Dorton (left), Carol King (center), and Ted Schiellerd outside of Bank of America Stadium prior to the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Think, when looking at a ticket, there are many different levels of pricing which is the normal face value.  So it is hard to say if there is justification in the median ticket price, but I would say there is because you look at the team who is associated with each game.  The median ticket price is driven by fans, so lets break down what you would have to pay if you purchased from a friend, on StubHub, or scalping prior to a game.

Start with the Texans.  First, Houston is a long drive for a fan to driver and not many texans transfer to Charlotte.  Plus, what do the Texans have to offer the local fan for a median ticket price of $105?  Jadeveon Clowney is a local product that attracts some, but remind me again how many games he has actually played in.

Next home game – Saints.  Division rival that still has Drew Brees, but lost Jimmy Graham.  After losing at home last season to the Saints, the Panthers will want revenge.  In addition, it is a key division game early on.  $134 is justified.

Sunday Night Football is next up against the Eagles.  The Eagles have the most obnoxious fans in the NFL.  Not only are they rude, they will think of any excuse necessary they are not winning.  $159 is clearly justified – Sunday Night on national television and the joy of beating the Birds.

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It is surprising the Colts only have a median cost of $131.  I mean you have Andrew Luck coming to town.  The man who stayed in college so we could not take him.  Plus it is Monday Night Football in the Queen City.  $131 is a steal.

Here is the gem – the Packers game.  The most expensive median ticket price on the schedule at $241.  Very justified considering you probably have the best quarterback in the game coming to compete against Cam and crew.  If the defense continues to play strong, the Panthers will send the cheeseheads packing.

$157 to see RGIII and the Redskins.  Really?  This game is higher than the Colts?  I did not realize that many fans still think RGIII is as exciting as when he came into the league.  Truth is though, the real reason probably lies behind the fact the Redskins were the hometown team before the Panthers.

I think the Falcons game, being at only $133 is justified.  Although Atlanta is only a drive down I-85 and the Falcons are a key division rival, is there much excitement anymore to seeing a team that cracks under pressure and an aging Matt Ryan?

The Buccaneers – what can I say.  $100 is justified because there is nothing really to see.  Being a division rival and the last game of the year, you would think there will be some crowd.  But it is the third day of the new year when the game will be played.  Most fans will still be vacationing.

Vivid Seats did a great job putting these numbers together.  But the fans drive the secondary market prices.  Based on what fans set these at, it is a pretty good justification of what to expect to pay when buying a ticket for a home game for the Carolina Panthers.