GENERAL overall aerial view of the Super Bowl LVI Experience at the Los Angeles Convention Center and downtown skyline. — REUTERS

TICKETS to Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals are the most expensive on record at $7,542 on average, according to ticket reseller TickPick.

Even so, prices are down from an average of $8,257 per ticket on Feb. 4, the company said. The cost dropped after the San Francisco 49ers, a franchise with a large and wealthy fan base, lost to the Rams in the NFC Championship game on Jan. 30.

Super Bowl tickets are pricey by nature, but the average cost has become increasingly steep over the past five years. The current average price is more than double 2017’s end-of-season matchup and remains strong even after the winter surge of the pandemic’s Omicron variant.

Hope for fans to secure tickets without breaking the bank isn’t entirely lost. TickPick says there is still a possibility that prices will continue to drop in the days leading up to the game.

“Fans looking for the most affordable tickets should keep their eyes on that get-in over the coming days,” said Brett Goldberg, co-founder of TickPick.

The cheapest seats were just under $4,500 on Wednesday, the lowest since the day the matchup was set. About a third of buyers have come from a California zip code and 27% came from Ohio or Kentucky residents, TickPick said. — Bloomberg