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Ticket prices for Seahawks' opener have dipped, but not by much

RENTON, Wash. -- Prices on the secondary market for Thursday's Seattle-Green Bay game remain as expensive as any in Seahawks history.

But as is typical as kickoff draws nearer, prices have also come down markedly in the last week or so as sellers try to unload their tickets.

According to data from SeatGeek.com, which monitors the secondary ticket market, the average price of a ticket for the game on the secondary market had dropped from $410 last Thursday to $317 on Wednesday.

Still, SeatGeek's data showed that the game is "the most expensive regular season ticket of the last five years" with fans having paid "an average of $433 on the secondary market."

SeatGeek reported that no other regular-season game has "ever drawn an average price above $400." Last year's regular-season game with the 49ers, until now the Seahawks regular-season game that drew the highest price on the secondary market, yielded an average ticket price of $350.

SeatGeek reported that there were roughly 6,000 tickets listed on the secondary market as of Wednesday afternoon, with the cheapest at $188.

However, according to TiqIQ.com, the record price for the Green Bay game may not last long. It reported that tickets on the secondary market for the Dec. 14 home game against the 49ers are going for $510.58. That has helped raise the average price for any Seattle game on the secondary market to $394.85.

Tickets on the secondary market are all that is left after the team sold out of its supply quickly. The Seahawks sold 63,000 season tickets and then sold all remaining single-game tickets within minutes in July.

Chris Matcovich, the vice president of VP of Data & Communications for TiqIQ, advised that those still wanting tickets may find prices dropping even more on Thursday.

"What we tend to see with these bigger games is that not necessarily the lower tickets drop a lot but that the more expensive tickets will drop," he said.

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