The Super Bowl is a bucket list item for many sports fans. But if your team is making it to the big game year after year, does that allure of a big, expensive trip to cheer on your squad wear off? Or does any one fan want to blow thousands of dollars on a trip to the big game more than once in their lifetime? Maybe twice?
That line of thinking would suggest that there would be less demand for New England Patriots fans to travel to Minnesota this season than the demand for Philadelphia Eagles fans to travel out to the frigid Midwest.
Tom Brady isn't the only one who has been there before. Patriots fans have also been there.
And you know what? There is data to suggest the above hypothesis to be true.
Airfare Watchdog says searches last week indicate a significantly higher desire for Philly fans to travel to Minneapolis than for New England fans to do the same.
"Fare searches (search period: 1/21-1/26) from PHL (Philadelphia) to MSP (Minnesota) are up nearly 416% from this time last year, while searches from BOS (Boston) are only up 96% from last year for the same time period," they say.
And the day of the conference championship data is even more pro-Philly: "Fare searches on January 21st 2018 (the day the two final competitors were decided) from PHL to MSP were up 705% from that date last year, versus the 198% increase we saw from BOS to MSP."
Searches are obviously not tickets sold, but the difference is still clear.
We also reached out to Jess Lawrence of secondary ticket market website TicketIQ, who said traffic to their website is "5:1 Eagles:Patriots."
Tickets on the Eagles' side of the field are currently more expensive than elsewhere.
"My advice for Eagles fans who want the best possible deal is to not worry about what side they're on, as this is shaping up to be Broad Street North."
Birds fans of a certain age likely remember the sea of green that seemingly took over Jacksonville the last time these two teams met in the Super Bowl back in 2005. It appears as if 2018 is shaping up similarly, with a different outcome to the big game of course.