The good news: Carolina Panthers are going to the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history.
The bad news: Tickets to the big game will be nearly impossible to come by if you’re not well-connected, lucky or both.
This week, Carolina Panthers personal seat license holders will receive a letter letting them know whether or not they can buy a pair of seats to the final NFL game. Total cost per seat was not immediately available Sunday night. But SeatGeek was reporting average resale prices were $5,335.
No general admission tickets are for sale through Ticketmaster.
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After defeating the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game in Charlotte Sunday, the Panthers will play the Denver Broncos in the 2016 NFL championship game on Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif.
Under the NFL’s formula, the Panthers and the Broncos will evenly share 35 percent of the tickets available, or roughly 12,000 each.
The PSLs who get offered seats were chosen in a lottery that gave preference to ticket holders who have held seats longer or own multiple PSLs.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the number of tickets distributed will be around the same as a regular season game at the stadium, around 68,000-70,000.
Here is how the NFL will allocate the tickets to Super Bowl 50:
▪ 25.2 percent: retained by the NFL league office (sells tickets to media members, sponsors)
▪ 17.5 percent: distributed by the Carolina Panthers
▪ 17.5 percent: distributed by the Denver Broncos.
▪ 5 percent: distributed by the San Francisco 49ers, the host team
▪ 34.8 percent- distributed by the other 29 NFL teams (1.2 percent each)