As the proverbial clock hits triple zeroes tonight, the buzzer will sound on 2013. The past year has been a tremendous year for sports, with many exciting narratives coming to fruition around the sporting world. Naturally, ticket demand for many of these historic events was quite strong on the secondary market.
2013 was a year marked by the storied franchise. The Red Sox and Cardinals met in the World Series for the third time since 1946 and 2nd time in the past ten years. Given the devoted fan bases of both teams, it is no surprise that a few World Series games appear on the list of our Top 10 Highest Priced Sporting Events of 2013.
This year also saw the Notre Dame Fighting Irish make a surprising return to the BCS National Championship Game, where unfortunately for them they ran into the buzz saw that was Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide. With Notre Dame having perhaps the largest and most widespread fan base in all of sports, there was heavy demand for BCS National Championship tickets… but was it enough to vault the game to #1 on our list?
Continuing the trend of classic matchups, two Original Six NHL teams faced off in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1979. The Boston Bruins looked all but assured to force what would have been an extremely high-priced game seven, but Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland lit the lamp for Chicago 17 seconds apart in the final two minutes to secure the Cup for the Blackhawks. Nonetheless, two Stanley Cup games appear in our countdown.
2013 also saw boxing return to prominence with one of the most highly anticipated matches of the past few years. A strong contender for the #1 spot on our list, Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Canelo Alvarez lived up to the hype as the two fighters went the distance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena down in Las Vegas. The fight broke all sorts of Pay-Per-View records and saw tickets sell for as much as $29,000 on the secondary market.
While the list of contenders for Mayweather’s belts grows slimmer and slimmer with every victory he notches, 2013 saw many contenders rise up to challenge the Super Bowl as the highest priced event of the year. Since TiqIQ began tracking championship pricing data in 2010, the Super Bowl has held the number one spot in every year except 2011, when the BCS National Championship laid stake to that claim.
Click next to see the list of the Top 10 Highest Priced Sporting Events of 2013: