Falcons fans hoping to score a ticket to the Super Bowl in Houston, will have to shell out quite a bit of cash.
Ticket prices range from $2,000 to $15,000 with many now selling in the area of $4,000. In most cases, that’s just the ticket to the game.
So what is a Falcons fan to do? Turn to GoFundMe, of course.
More than 100 Falcons fans, in Atlanta and other parts of the country, are pleading their cases on GoFundMe in the hopes that friends and strangers will give them money and help them get to the Super Bowl.
In page after page of solicitations, Falcons fans are not above using children to get ahead. They post pictures of their cute kids (or themselves as cute kids) wearing Falcons gear. They describe themselves as die-hard, devoted, loyal, number one fans who have been cheering for the Falcons since they were in the womb.
Some have waited 18, 19 and even 26 years (he was 8-years-old the first time the Falcons landed in the Super Bowl in 1999) for the chance to go see the Falcons play in the Super Bowl.
There are ill fans, fans down on their financial luck and fans in the military who need money for a ticket to the game. And there are fans who already have tickets to the game but just need money for extras like gas and beer.
For most of them, there’s a long journey ahead. The overwhelming majority of GoFundMe pages seeking Super Bowl support have raised the big $0.
But a few others, for whatever reason, have risen to the top and are closing in on their goals.
Jordan Bischoff of Alpharetta had an innovative approach. The college student said she spent her semester book money on Falcons tickets, so she turned to GoFundMe to pay for books. She has received $221 of the $350 she requested for textbook money. “I need textbooks, but I need an ATL win more!!! ” she said.
David Clary has reached almost $1,500 of his $5,000 goal thanks to a generous $500 donation. Clary is the play-by-play radio announcer for Oak Ridge High School Football & Basketball in Oak Ridge, Tenn. His friend Nathan Baker created the campaign asking that the Oak Ridge community help send the lifelong Falcons fan to the Super Bowl.
In Winter Park, Fla., Jordan Rice, is asking for $273 dollars for a plane ticket to Houston. As of Tuesday morning, the campaign had received $160.
Unlike many Falcons fans, Rice has more realistic expectations. He has given up on buying a ticket to game, and says he just wants to surprise his toddler daughter with a trip to Houston to celebrate and tailgate with other Falcons fans.