The Miami Dolphins return home this weekend undefeated after successful road trips to Cleveland and Indianapolis. After one half of play in the 2013 regular season, it looked as though the Dolphins were still toiling through mediocrity as they trailed the Browns 7-6, but they outscored Cleveland 17-6 in the second half to take an opening day victory, 23-10. Last week, Miami was able to avenge a Week 9 loss at the Colts last season by ending Andrew Luck’s fourth-quarter comeback drive prematurely and holding on to a 24-20 win.
Despite all the positive play, Dolphins fans appear to remain skeptical of a winning season, according to ticket prices on the secondary market. For this weekend’s home opener against the Atlanta Falcons, Dolphins tickets have an average price of only $111, 26% below the Dolphins’ home average this season of $151. It is, in fact, the lowest average ticket price for any Dolphins home game this season.
That being said, the get-in price for this week’s game is $34, the third-highest total for the Dolphins this season, trailing only the last two home games of the year against divisional rivals New England ($59 get-in) and New York ($41). The get-in price is only reflective of the cheapest tickets in the building, while the average ticket price takes into account every seat listing. Since the average price is so low for this game compared to the get-in, it means prices for listings in the lower level and premium areas must be lower than usual. Sure enough, you can sit in the lower level between the 20s for only $109, cheaper than all other home games.
Ticket prices normally tend to drop as the game approaches as ticket sellers frantically search for buyers to offload their remaining tickets. For this week’s game, tickets have only dropped three percent on average over the past seven days so sellers are holding out hope that interest will remain high throughout the week. The Dolphins are currently anywhere from a .5 to 1.5 point favorite in this matchup and with so many injuries riddling the Atlanta squad, it’s very possible Miami can take advantage and move to 3-0 this season. If you’re looking for a bargain, there might not be a better opportunity to see the Dolphins this year.