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Seahawks fans start saving, Super Bowl ticket prices double

Richard Sherman celebrated by dancing with cheerleaders, after Marshawn Lynch cut, plowed and walked his way to three touchdowns over the 49ers Sunday. (AP/Elaine Thompson photo)

While it might be too early to begin dreaming of seeing the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl, it’s not too soon to start saving for tickets. Fans will pay double for the best seats next year.

The NFL expects the most expensive tickets for its championship game will be about $2,600 each for 9,000 premium seats for the February 2, 2014 game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

That’s more than twice the $1,250 cost for similar tickets at last season’s Super Bowl in New Orleans.

“We are looking to close the gap between the face value of the ticket and its true value as reflected on the secondary market,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Associated Press. “The uniqueness of the Super Bowl in the New York/New Jersey is also driving unprecedented demand and buzz.”

The next tier of seats is expected to go for $1,500 compared to $950 in New Orleans. About 40 percent of general admission seats will be under $1,000.

The lowest-priced ticket fell from $650 last year to $500.

Go Seahawks!

By LINDA THOMAS

AP contributed to this report

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