I talked to Cardinal Mooney principal John Young earlier this week. Young, who is close with the DeBartolos and the Yorks, has been to every 49ers Super Bowl. He remembers his ticketing being around $40 for the first Super Bowl he attended -- the 49ers-Bengals game in Detroit in 1982.
The first Super Bowl ticket was $12. The face value of this year's tickets range from $800 to $1200 but if you were here this week, you'd probably have to pay between $1500 and $2000 to get in.
But what does everything else cost? Here's a sampling:
A program is $20. (In addition to getting in free, the media get a free copy at their seats.)
A quarter-pound all-beef hot dog is $9.
A 32-ounce pop (they call it soda here) is $8.
Alligator sausage is $12, as is jambalaya.
Cocktails cost $18.
A Ray Lewis T-shirt is $35.
Not owning a Ray Lewis T-shirt is free. I think we can agree this is a much better value.
It's $4 to buy beads inside the Superdome. And if you want a purple monkey? It's $25.