Fans Will Make Crazy Sacrifices to Go See Their Team Win the Super Bowl

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What would you give up watch your favorite team win the Super Bowl?

I gave up a paycheck and a vacation day (albeit paid) to watch Clemson win the National Championship.

Was it worth it? For me, yes; 100% yes. (Please read why before giving me that side-eye emoji.)

Would I have given up more than I did? Probably not.

And for the Super Bowl? No way — I don’t even have a favorite NFL team.

But others would beg to differ, apparently.

How Badly Do You Want to See Your Team to Win the Super Bowl?

I read last night that Super Bowl LI tickets are nearing record high prices, averaging $6,000. If I could make that disbelief whistle sound right now, I would.

I checked StubHub this morning, and the lowest going rate was $2,915. That’s in the upper corner and doesn’t include the fees (those’ll getcha).

GOBankingRates, a national finance website, was curious: What would you give up financially to nab one of these Super Bowl tickets and to see your dream team win the championship? (Yeah, forget about those Falcons or Patriots.)

Here’s what it found:

  • 52% said they’d hand over their vacation days for an entire year
  • 31% said they’d give up an annual bonus
  • 14% said they’d drain their total savings account
  • 3% said they’d ditch their 401(k)


The Fine Print Worth Considering…

So there are some caveats worth addressing.

The majority of those who would give up their 401(k) or savings accounts were between the ages of 18 and 24. Perhaps that’s because these younguns (including myself) don’t have a ton of money resting peacefully in these accounts.

Of the older crowd (those 65 and older), 75% said they’d give up a year’s worth of vacation days. However, retirement age is 65, so maybe they don’t even need vacation days. That 18-to-24 age group were less likely give those days up.

And it’s no surprise that none of the respondents who are 65 or older would give up their savings or 401(k) accounts.

Also note the methodology: GOBankingRates surveyed 100 folks who are “representative of the U.S. online population.” So it’s not exactly accurate to say more than half of Americans would give up their vacation days to see their favorite team win the big Bowl.

So We Want to Know: What Would You Do For a Super Bowl 2017 Win?

In the spirit of the GOBankingRates survey, we want to hear from our readers: What would you give up — financially — to see your favorite team win the Super Bowl?

Your vacation days? Your savings? Your 401(k) — or Roth IRA? Your potential annual bonus? Your left arm?

Let us know in the comments!

Your Turn: What financial sacrifice would you give up to see your favorite team win the Super Bowl?

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. After recently completing graduate school, she focuses on saving money — and surviving the move back in with her parents.

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