WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE? Regardless of what team is in the game, one more major factor could affect prices — the weather forecast. If the prospect of playing outside in 40-degree weather (the average for East Rutherford, N.J.), doesn't seem so bad, that could be because most of the United States just experienced a polar vortex with nighttime temperatures getting down into the single digits.
As this is the first Super Bowl outdoors in a cold-weather city, there's no data on how a cold snap affects interest in tickets, but after the polar vortex, it's probably safe to assume demand would not be strong to sit outside for four hours or longer on a cold night in northern New Jersey.
WHAT ABOUT TRAFFIC? New Jersey is not known as the easiest place to drive. And that was before Gov. Chris Christie's administration was found to have arranged for intentional traffic jams for political retribution.
After previously assuring the public that his staff had nothing to do with the lane closings in September that caused major backups at the George Washington Bridge, Christie said he had to fire an aide. His news conference to address the scandal made national news three weeks before his state is on display for the world as host of the Super Bowl.
That said, no governor can control New York City area traffic, but the state's transportation authority will be running trains on a new line completed ahead of the stadium's 2010 opening. An armada of buses will also be available, and organizers are discouraging drivers — the host committee website even refers to parking as "4th and Long."
X-FACTOR: If after all of that, fans don't feel like shelling out a paycheck (or two) for the chance to brave traffic and weather to watch the Super Bowl from the upper deck, there's one more consideration — you can't watch the Puppy Bowl at the stadium.