If my dad were alive today he would be ecstatic that the Packers are going to the Super Bowl. Sadly, he will have to watch this game from the great beyond. Even sadder, he (or his spirit), probably has a better chance of seeing this match-up than those mere mortal fans in wheelchairs.
Earlier this week I got the first of several queries about how to get wheelchair-accessible Super Bowl tickets. Well, it?s not an easy feat, and to complicate matters there aren?t any real guidelines; however from what I can surmise, you have to first procure regular Super Bowls ticket via the standard channels.
So what are those regular channels? Well, if you?re not lucky enough to be a season ticket holder (and thus get into the lottery to purchase tickets), then you pretty much have to go through a ticket broker. And be ready to pay the big bucks for that transaction!. Although the face value of the cheapest tickets is $400, you?ll be hard pressed to find any for that price; because once they are resold to ticket brokers they are marked up substantially. Just like concert tickets, only because of the short lead time on this event, the prices never go down as there is always a high demand for these tickets.
And the wheelchair accessible seating?
Well, according to the folks at the University of Phoenix Stadium, once you purchase a ticket, you apparently then have to contact the NFL for accessible seating. The NFL knows nothing about that, so it?s pretty much a giant feedback loop from there. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
Apparently there are some 600-700 wheelchair-accessible seats (the number varies according to the source quoted) yet they aren?t reserved for or sold exclusively to wheelchair-users. And from what folks tell me who have actually sat in those seats at previous Super Bowls, the number of wheelchair-users there is very small. Go figure, nobody can figure out how to get tickets for the wheelchair-accessible seats, so the section fills up with able-bodied fans.
Now I?m not saying that these seats need to be held and sold only to wheelers or that folks should be required to provide documentation of a disability before they are allowed to purchase them; however it would be nice if somewhere along the line somebody would post some nice simple instructions about how to get tickets for the wheelchair-accessible seats. Is that asking too much? I think not.
To be honest it seems like a big risk to shell out $2k for a seat on the hopes that you might be able to exchange it at some time in the future for a wheelchair-accessible seat. That?s kind of a big gamble, IMHO. And what happens if you get to the stadium and nobody can accommodate you? Hmmm…I guess you go back to the tailgate party in the parking lot and watch the game on TV. And to be honest, for $2k, I think you are entitled to more than that.
So, if any of you folks out there know how to get wheelchair-accessible seats at the big game, please drop me a note so I can pass along the information.
And as my dad would have said, “Go Packers!”