November 12, 2015 - Jesse Lawrence
Ticket Prices on Secondary Market Dropping For Rex Ryan’s TNF Return to MetLife Stadium
There will be a playoff-like intensity in New Jersey Thursday night as Rex Ryan returns to his old stomping grounds, but will the Thursday Night Football showdown between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills live up to the hype? Neither team is likely to catch the AFC East-leading New England Patriots, who at 8-0 seem near indestructible this deep into the season, but both figure to be in the AFC Wild Card mix by this time next month. And while it is still unknown just how Ryan will be welcomed by the Jet faithful tonight, ticket prices on the secondary market have steadily fallen over the last several weeks. According to TiqIQ the average price for Jets vs Bills tickets is $141.93. That marks a 29% drop from the peak average of $200.14 on October 11, when both teams were still finding their identity and each owned three wins on the season. The cheapest ticket available for Thursday’s game is now listed for $51. Playoff implications haven’t greatly impacted ticket prices, and the TNF battle at MetLife Stadium is the Jets’ least expensive home game remaining this season. Gang Green will play two more divisional games in the Garden State against the Patriots and Miami Dolphins, which serve as the two top-priced games remaining at home this season. The Patriots will be the final opponent to play at MetLife during the regular season and the average price for tickets is currently $263.64 – 85.7% more expensive than Thursday’s showdown with the Bills. The Dolphins head to Jersey for a Week 12 matchup later this month and are generating a $180.93 ticket average, which is a 27.4% jump over the Bills game. If looking to avoid the exorbitant parking fees when traveling out to the game, look no further than ParkWhiz.com for the best deals on independent lots near the stadium. MetLife Stadium parking on ParkWhiz on Thursday starts for as low as $19. The Jets will be without several key players on the offensive line and in the secondary, two areas the Bills will hope to exploit. Jets starting center and perennial Pro Bowler Nick Mangold will nurse a neck injury that took him out of last Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Right guard Willie Colon was placed on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday after going down with a knee injury. In addition to two major offensive concerns, safeties Calvin Pryor and Dion Bailey will also miss Thursday’s game alongside a doubtful Antonio Cromartie, who suffered a deep quadriceps bruise last week. The long list of injuries may prove to be too burdensome for the Jets against a healthy Bills team, but crazier things have happened on the gridiron this season. Expect the game to be a tug-of-war to the final whistle, even if ticket prices are proving otherwise.