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Super Bowl premium tickets double to $2,600 for game in New Jersey

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Super Bowl fans can prepare to pay double for the best seats.

The NFL expects the most expensive tickets for its championship game will be about $2,600 each for 9,000 premium seats for the Feb. 2 game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

That's more than twice the $1,250 cost for similar tickets at last season's Super Bowl in New Orleans.

"We are looking to close the gap between the face value of the ticket and its true value as reflected on the secondary market," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Tuesday. "The uniqueness of the Super Bowl in the New York/New Jersey is also driving unprecedented demand and buzz."

The next tier of seats is expected to go for $1,500 compared to $950 in New Orleans. About 40% of general admission seats will be under $1,000, McCarthy said.

The capacity of MetLife Stadium is 82,000, but it will be trimmed by about 5,000 seats to make room for media, cameras and security. The priciest seats will have access to indoor restaurants, where fans can warm up during the outdoor game.

The lowest-priced ticket fell from $650 last year to $500. About 30,000 fans entered a lottery that closed in June, and 1,000 winners — double from 500 — will be notified this fall.

In an attempt to ensure those fans don't resell tickets above face value, the NFL for the first time will require ticket holders to go to a gate to pick up those tickets as they enter the stadium. They won't be allowed to return to the parking lot, McCarthy said.

Falcons' Weatherspoon out for several weeks

Atlanta has lost linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for at least eight weeks and running back Steven Jackson will miss the Falcons' next game — and maybe more.

Weatherspoon became the third starter placed on injured reserve Tuesday after Sunday's victory over the Rams, though he will be eligible to rejoin the roster in Week 11.

The Falcons (1-1) used the one-time-only designation that allows an injured player to return, but Weatherspoon won't be able to practice for six weeks and can't play in a game for eight weeks.

Coach Mike Smith announced Jackson will miss Sunday's game at Miami with a thigh injury.

Smith said Jackson's injury is not expected to keep him out for a significant amount of time.

Etc.

San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Ian Williams was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a broken left ankle. Williams, who was scheduled to undergo surgery on the ankle, was injured on by a block by J.R. Sweezy early in the 49ers' 29-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. ... The Colts have placed left guard Donald Thomas on injured reserve and waived fullback Dan Moore. Thomas tore a quad tendon in his right leg during the first quarter of Sunday's 24-20 loss to Miami. Coach Chuck Pagano said Monday that Thomas would undergo season-ending surgery. ...

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