[INFOGRAPHIC] 2012 NFL Home Opening Ticket Prices

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The SeatCrunch team created this infographic to celebrate the upcoming NFL season we've all been waiting for with some interesting facts and statistics.

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This secondary market provides a unique look at the factors that cause ticket prices to fluctuate. We used the infographic to identify some interesting occurrences across the league this year.

Today, SeatCrunch, an online secondary ticket marketplace, has released an infographic that outlines the average ticket prices for NFL home opening games as displayed on their site. A ticket's face value is set by an individual franchise, and is mostly consistent throughout the entire year. Tickets on secondary sites like SeatCrunch however, are priced by the sellers, and are usually affected by market conditions. This secondary market provides a unique look at the factors that cause ticket prices to fluctuate. We used the infographic to identify some interesting occurrences across the league this year.

The first and most surprising is undoubtedly the unusually high average price for the Broncos home opener. At $701.38, the average price for this game is about $180 higher than that of any other team in the league. The Giants claim second place with an average price of $526.92. No surprise that the former Champs sport expensive tickets, but why are Broncos prices so high? After missing a season and being released by the Indianapolis Colts, all eyes are on Peyton Manning to see if he can return to his legendary form and propel the Broncos to the top of their division. What better way to find out than watching his performance during the Bronco's first game of the year vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers?

As further evidence, just take a look at Colts tickets prices. The only AFC teams with cheaper tickets are the Bengals and the Jaguars. In 2010, the Colts ticket prices were much higher while Manning was still healthy. In 2011, however, the Colts record tanked from 10-6 to 2-14 without Manning. Expectedly, so did their ticket prices. Some tickets even began selling for face value. After last year's abysmal season, fans are not scrambling to get their hands on Colts tickets. Where Peyton Manning goes, money follows.

On the other end of the price spectrum is the Detroit Lions. Last year, the Lions proved themselves as a legitimate football team. They went 10-6 and sported the league's leading receiver in Calvin Johnson. Why are their tickets priced so low? In the five years before last, they went 6-10, 2-14, 0-16, 7-9, and 3-13. In fact, last year was the first time the Lions posted a winning record since 2000. This, combined with the fact that their opponent in this game is the St. Louis Rams (2-14 last year) explains the extremely low price tag.

You can also view the published infographic on the SeatCrunch Blog and find the complete list of average home-opener prices below.

Denver Broncos - $701.38
NY Giants - $526.92
Chicago Bears - $525.73
Green Bay Packers – $500.87
New England Patriots - $430.22
Pittsburgh Steelers - $350.51
New Orleans Saints - $327.00
Seattle Seahawks - $326.25
Philadelphia Eagles - $285.12
Baltimore Ravens - $271.67
Carolina Panthers - $228.24
Atlanta Falcons - $215.47
New York Jets - $211.51
San Francisco 49ers - $206.94
Tennessee Titans - $197.62
Dallas Cowboys - $190.39
Washington Redskins - $182.49
Houston Texans - $180.33
Buffalo Bills - $178.07
St. Louis Rams - $161.08
Oakland Raiders - $158.99
Miami Dolphins - $157.07
Cleveland Browns - $155.31
Kansas City Chiefs - $155.29
San Diego Chargers - $152.78
Arizona Cardinals - $143.02
Indianapolis Colts - $130.67
Cincinnati Bengals - $129.35
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - $127.59
Minnesota Vikings - $124.67
Jacksonville Jaguars - $118.39
Detroit Lions - $112.08

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