Players on the 49ers and Ravens are finding out one of the down sides of playing in the Super Bowl this week: Your friends and relatives assume you have free tickets to give them.
In reality, players in the Super Bowl get two free tickets and the opportunity to buy a limited number of tickets at face value, which ranges from $850 to $1,250. Some players are spending tens of thousands of dollars to bring large contingents of friends and family to the game — and even then they’re finding that relatives are asking for more.
“It’s been very difficult, to be honest with you,” Ravens cornerback Corey Graham said. “Everybody in your phone book is calling you and asking you if they can get tickets to the Super Bowl. Everybody assumes they’re free. It’s a tough situation. I just tried to put it all off on my wife and let her handle all that, all the hard work. I just try to prepare and get ready for the game which is the most important thing. You come out here, and it’s a great thing, but we’re here for one reason and that’s the most important thing is to play the game and have a good game and hope we win the game.”
Said Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, “Everybody was thinking they could come to the Super Bowl and wanted me to pay for everything. That was the craziest. They were asking for food, new clothes, and everything. It was all from family. I’ve got 15 people coming. When I told them how much a ticket was they understood. I think they were just thinking the tickets were free. We only get two free.”
Players on both the 49ers and the Ravens have said this week that the most important thing was getting all ticket requests taken care of last week, so that they could focus on actually preparing to play in the game this week. When you’re playing in the Super Bowl, you don’t want to spend your time worrying about all your relatives who want to go to the Super Bowl.