The National Football League is already buzzing over Tom Brady’s Return to New England. The NFL schedule was released on May 12th, and the week four matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots has already been circled by football fans all over the world.
Back to where it all started.
— TB12sports (@TB12sports) May 12, 2021
The game will be national televised for the NBC Sunday Night Football broadcast on October 3rd. Set your alarms right now because this is going to be a phenomenal matchup.
Ticket Prices for Tom Brady’s Return to New England
NFL ticket holders began auctioning off tickets for all games once the schedule was released on May 12th. NFL tickets are expensive, but the ones being sold for the week four Buccaneers vs. Patriots game have taken the term skyrocket to a new level.
People usually buy tickets months in advance on StubHub for lower prices. Although, you will have trouble finding a ticket for Brady’s return to New England for less than four digits.
Brady’s return to New England is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence in the quarterback’s career, making demand very high. The cheapest tickets on StubHub are currently going for $1,100 to $1,300.
In week three, the Patriots play the New Orleans Saints. The same upper deck seats are being priced just south of $300. If you want to splurge and sit on the lower level, you may have to take a second mortgage out on your home.
The first few rows behind the Buccaneers bench are going for $7,000 to $9,000. If you want to watch Brady’s return to New England, you should buy tickets as early as possible. There are estimates that the demand for the tickets will continue to rise as kickoff approaches.
The average price of a Super Bowl ticket in 2020 was $7,000. The ticket price for the Buccaneers vs. Patriots game should be well north of $3,000, showing the magnitude of this early season contest.
Brady’s Return to New England: Why Week Four?
After the schedule was displayed, critics were questioning the NFL’s decision to schedule this game in week four. A group of people thought Brady’s return would be better in the latter weeks of the 2021 season when playoff implications would be pressing.
However, the NFL wanted to let Brady’s return to New England be the focus of the national spotlight. NFL’s Senior VP of Broadcasting Howard Katz told Peter King the league’s thought process on the decision.
“Week 4 is less about whether these teams are fighting for division races, playoff implications, less likely to have an injury, less likely to have weather. The story can be about Brady’s return. It would be different if Tom’s standing on the 50-yard line watching a tribute video in November in six inches of snow. Or, the later in the season we go, the more likely somebody’s injured. Getting in early, having that story told, made some sense.”
The NFL made a great decision to tell this story in week four. Week four is about Tom Brady, the greatest player of all time, returning home. There will never be another Tom Brady in the NFL.
Sixth-round draft picks do not become seven-time Super Bowl champions. Brady displayed the best underdog narrative of all time, and he deserves to return to New England and garner all the attention.
After the schedule was announced, Patriots’ owner Rob Kraft spoke to TMZ about the quarterback.
“We’re excited to have him. He’s a great guy. He did so much for us. I love him.”
Do not make the mistake that the Disney movie narrative is going to continue after kickoff.
Tom Brady Sr. said,
“I saw the schedule come out Wednesday night, and I started salivating when I saw that we play the Patriots in the fourth game of the season, and that we’re coming up here to make our record 4-0. We expect to beat the Patriots rather handily, frankly.”
Brady and Belichick are coming to win this game.
Tanner Kern is a writer for Knup Sports and the Sports 2.0 Network. He is the host of Between the Lines, the official show of Baseball Spotlight, and the main contributor for the website. Connect with Tanner on IG @tannerkern and Twitter @tannerkern_.