Ticket brokers are betting on Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow to make the 1-4 team a hot ticket on the road.
The Broncos have a bye this Sunday, October 16, but the team returns to action the following week, on October 23, against the Dolphins in Miami. And the former University of Florida star’s new starting lineup position could be a major factor in moving Broncos/Dolphins tickets on the secondary market.
Ticket search engine FanSnap founder and CEO Mike Janes told TicketNews that ticket prices for the game “are up 12 percent in the three days” since Tebow was named Denver’s starting quarterback. “It suggests that this is purely a Gators story. It is a hot ‘homecoming’ ticket.”
As of today, October 13, FanSnap showed listings for nearly 9,800 tickets for the game, with one luxury suite ticket on StubHub priced at $10,001. According to the Sun Sentinel, StubHub and other secondary ticket sites moved more than 2,000 tickets for the Broncos/Dolphins game on Tuesday, October 11.
“The thousands of tickets available on the market for most Broncos games means there are many competing sellers,” Janes said. “That has likely tempered sellers’ belief they can raise prices.”
Tebow was drafted in the first round by Denver in the spring of 2010, and he has been a fan favorite ever since. He has played sparingly in his NFL career, but he was a Heisman trophy winner at Florida, where he played on two national championship teams. Some fans in Denver have clamored for him to start since last season.
Ticket broker Jeff Greenberg, owner of ASC Ticket, told TicketNews that currently he has not seen a bump in ticket sales for Broncos games, but he expects there will be one.
“Denver home games are always solid for us, so I’m not seeing any change there,” Greenberg said. “However, I believe fans will go see [Tebow] on the road, especially at that Miami game. But the weather is so nice down there that fans often decide at the last minute.”
Jim Zeis, assistant general manager for Alliance Tickets in Denver, said the team’s bye this week has kept interest relatively low for the moment, but he is anticipating strong sales for the team’s next home game against the Detroit Lions on October 30.
“Tebow will give them a spark, but like anything else he still has to perform,” Zeis told TicketNews.