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Bills-Patriots ticket prices reaching new heights on secondary market

A convincing Week One victory and a visit from the rival New England Patriots has made the Buffalo Bills' home game Sunday a hot ticket.

According to online ticket search engine SeatGeek, the average resale price for a ticket to Sunday's game is $143, the most expensive at Ralph Wilson Stadium since at least 2010, when SeatGeek started tracking the secondary market. Last year's home opener against Miami had an average resale value of $132.

To compare, the average resale value for a ticket to The Rolling Stones' concert in July was $219.

Also via SeatGeek, the average resale price of a Bills ticket has increased 21 percent from last season, from $101 to $122. That resale price puts them 22nd in the NFL.

Chris Leyden, a content analyst for SeatGeek, said that 17 percent of people looking for tickets to Sunday's game live in the Boston-Providence area.

"This makes sense, as the trip may be a way for Patriots fan to save money," Leyden said in an email to The Buffalo News. "Their cheapest home game is their matchup against the Titans, which has an average resale price of $192."

Leyden, however, said Bills fans shouldn't fear an influx of Patriots supporters.

"The vast majority of fans looking for tickets are in the Buffalo area, though, as 54 percent looking for tickets come from the Buffalo-Rochester-Toronto area."

Prices are expected to hold steady through Sunday, according to the website.

"Listing prices for this weekend's game have stayed pretty consistent, so fans waiting for a last minute deal may be out of luck," Leyden said. "We did see a 10-percentĀ bump in prices following the Tom Brady decision, but the numbers have recovered back to where they were before that announcement came out."

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