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Expect steep prices for the Panthers-Cardinals matchup in Charlotte

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Cam Newton during second quarter action vs the Seattle Seahawks at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Jan. 17. The Panthers defeated the Seattle Seahawks in a NFC Divisional game 31-24.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Cam Newton during second quarter action vs the Seattle Seahawks at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Jan. 17. The Panthers defeated the Seattle Seahawks in a NFC Divisional game 31-24. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

As expected, Sunday’s NFC Championship Game in Charlotte is shaping up to be a costly affair -- especially for out-of-town fans.

The average ticket price to attend the game between the Carolina Panthers and the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium Sunday is $669.32, according to an analysis this week from Priceline.com and TiqIQ.com.

The “get-in price,” or the least expensive ticket for the game, is $201, the two sites said. Round-trip airfare from Phoenix ranges from $531-$671. Four-star hotels in Charlotte range from $270-$314 a night, and 3-star hotels range from $84-$379.

Game ticket, airfare and hotel rates were shopped on Jan. 18, the day after the Panthers beat the Seattle Seahawks in Charlotte 31-24. The Cardinals beat the Green Bay Packers 26-20 on Jan. 16 in Arizona.

Though attending is costly for fans, experts say having two playoff games in Charlotte will generate unprecedented amounts of tourism dollars and be a boon for Charlotte’s economy. It’s difficult to estimate the economic impact, they say, because the Panthers have never before been 16-1, which is the best record in the NFL.

And though Charlotte prices are steep, Priceline.com and TiqIQ.com said the average ticket cost for the matchup between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos in Denver is an even higher $846.83.

The Panthers play the Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game Jan. 24 at 6:40 p.m. in Bank of America Stadium.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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