The only game that exceeds it is Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final – when the St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins – at an average price of $ 1,887, per Vivid Seats.
Other Boston-based games with the highest average ticket prices are Game 5 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final ($ 938) and the Boston Red Sox win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6. of the 2013 World Series ($ 911), when the Red Sox won the title at Fenway Park for the first time since 1918.
Seating may be a factor in the average ticket price, as TD Garden holds 17,565 for Bruins games and Fenway Park topped 38,447 for this World Series game. Gillette Stadium, home of the Patriots, holds 65,878.
According to Vivid Seats, the Buccaneers-Patriots game ranks sixth in most demanded games for New England since Brady entered the NFL in 2000, behind the Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles (LII, $ 4,722 ), Los Angeles Rams (LIII, $ 4,091), Atlanta Falcons (LI, $ 3,665), Seattle Seahawks (XLVIII, $ 2,686) and New York Giants (XLVI, $ 2,660).
For his part, Brady said Thursday that he hadn’t thought much about seeing anyone from the Patriots on Sunday.
“I’m just going to try to do what I always do: become a great quarterback,” Brady said. “Obviously, I understand the opponent. I know all of these guys. These are some of my great friends, [and] they will be for the rest of my life. I know a lot of coaches, players, owners, staff. It will be great to see everyone after the game, but until the game my focus is on trying to win a football game. “
When it comes to comparing other MVPs from all sports returning to their old homes over the past 15 years, nothing compares to Brady. According to Vivid Seats, the most expensive previous return game was Kevin Durant’s debut contest in Oklahoma City after joining the Golden State Warriors in February 2017 at an average price of $ 320 per ticket.
The most expensive NFL ticket in this category was Peyton Manning’s return to the Indianapolis Colts in 2013, at $ 267. Brett Favre’s return to face the Green Bay Packers, when he played for the Minnesota Vikings in 2009, had an average ticket price of $ 212, per Vivid Seats.