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Super Bowl LIV could be the most expensive yet as Chiefs Kingdom prepares for the big game

Posted at 9:25 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 17:13:00-05

The Super Bowl match up is officially set with the Kansas City Chiefs facing off against the San Francisco 49ers in Miami at Super Bowl LIV, and Chiefs Kingdom could not be more excited.

"There was tears of joy, I can tell you that," Chiefs fan Michael Wright said of Sunday's win. "Nothing but happiness, goosebumps, and tears of joy."

As excitement for the game builds, so are ticket prices.

The cheapest ticket currently listed on Tickets for Less is $5,350, while the most expensive ticket is $53,625 as of Jan. 21, 2020.

"Chiefs (fans) right now in Kansas City have been driving the most ticket sales in the U.S. above New York and Chicago," Jen Forrest, director of marketing for Tickets for Less, said.

Despite the cost, Chiefs fans already have bought hundreds of tickets for the Super Bowl, some fans even purchased tickets before last Sunday's AFC championship game.

"We were here for the World Series with the Royals a few years ago and it was just as crazy and exciting as it is for the Chiefs," Forrest said. "But I think knowing that the Super Bowl is the biggest game, it's even driving more excitement in Kansas City overall and also with the demand and volume of ticket sales."

To accommodate fans heading to Miami for the game, airlines have added additional flights to South Florida.

Justin Meyer, deputy director of aviation with the Kansas City, Missouri, Aviation Department, said the airlines see the opportunity to "make money," as well as a demand for travelers heading in one direction.

Usually, there are four non-stop flights to either Ft. Lauderdale or Miami each day from Kansas City International Airport. On Friday before Super Bowl weekend, there will be 16 non-stop flights.

That was before Southwest Airlines added two more non-stop flights from Kansas City to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and one from San Jose, California, to Fort Lauderdale on Friday with matching return flights Monday, which were announced Tuesday by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

The airline had previously announced an additional three flights on those dates.

"The last time I can reference when airlines adding capacity to a sports related thing was back with the World Series and we saw some increased capacity back and forth between Kansas City and San Francisco," Meyer said. "But we have seen nothing on the scale of what is going on with the Super Bowl and South Florida."