As a player, the All-Pro had access to a total of 15
New Orleans native Jacoby Jones was able to get 15 tickets to the Super Bowl as a participating player, but the All-Pro kick returner for the Ravens says the demand from family, friends in New Orleans was way beyond that.
So he put his mother, Emily in charge of ticketing.
"I told my family before I left (Baltimore) I only got nine," Jones said, shaking his head and smiling. "They're expensive and I'll do something for you during the game, so y'all can be together."
Each Raven and San Francisco 49er player and coach had access to 15 tickets: two complimentary, the rest for purchase.
"I said I only got nine so they'd fight over them," Jones said with a laugh. He said he put his Mom in charge of dispensing the tickets because "My mom is old school, no nonsense. She's from here, born and raised. It will be immediate family." Jones tried to make up for the shortfall by buying the rest of his family jerseys, about 30 in all.
The NFL keeps about one-fourth of the tickets, with many going to league sponsors. Each participating team gets 17.5% for the organization and for its fans, who generally enter a lottery to purchase tickets. The host club gets 5%, and the other 29 clubs get 1.2% each, or 34.8% overall.
The Superdome's capacity for the Super Bowl is approximately 72,000. Players who don't fill their allotment become more popular than ever with teammates who need as many tickets as they can get their hands on.
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