Josh Finkelman is taking his Superbowl ticket price frustrations to federal court, as he filed a lawsuit in Newark, New Jersey against the NFL over expensive ticket prices. According to ESPN, Finkelman claims the NFL overpriced Superbowl tickets, making it extremely difficult for the average fan to attend. In hopes of his lawsuit turning into a class action lawsuit, Finkelman is suing for unjust enrichment, to order to change ticket policies for future Superbowls.
Finkelman, a warehouse worker, alleges the NFL only offers 1 percent of tickets to the public, for purchase at face value. Most fans buy from the secondary market, where ticket prices are doubled, even tripled. The devoted fan claims the NFL violates the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, which prohibits withholding more than 5 percent of seating from the public for any event to be sold at other than face value.
The lawsuit argues that a mere 775 out of 77,500 tickets are available to the public. An average ticket to the Superbowl costs $3,432.90, according to TiqIQ. The most expensive tickets total $19,000 for the lower club area. A suite for 30 costs a hefty $962,000.
The NFL admits that three-fourths of game tickets are given to teams.
The Superbowl, hosted by New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, is set for February 2.