Feb 9, 2023 - News

Seattle Super Bowl parties could get expensive

Change in the price of food in Seattle
Caption: Data: BLS; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Seattle-area residents can expect to shell out a little more for booze and other Super Bowl party staples this year.

Why it matters: As Seattleites gear up for Sunday's matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles, their bank accounts are about to take a hit.

Details: Overall food prices in the Seattle metro area were 11.3% higher in December 2022 compared to a year earlier, according to the latest Consumer Price Index data.

  • The price of alcohol in the Seattle metro area rose 4% year over year, while the price of nonalcoholic beverages rose 12%.
  • Fruit and veggie prices went up 6% — and dairy and related products were 16% more expensive.

Zoom out: Nationally, the price of food items falling under the "meat, fish and eggs" and "fruits and veggies" categories were both up 8% year-over-year as of December 2022.

Yes, but: Wingheads can breathe a sigh of relief.

  • The price of whole chicken wings was $2.65 nationally as of early January, down from $3.38 per pound during last year's Super Bowl, per U.S. Department of Agriculture data.
  • Wings were outrageously expensive last year, but prices are coming back down thanks to increased supply, per Money.

Of note: Throwing a Super Bowl party is still far cheaper than actually going to the game. The cheapest tickets were going for $3,400 on Ticketmaster, as of Thursday morning.

The big picture: Broadly speaking, inflation has been highest in Miami, Phoenix and Seattle, while less severe in Detroit, St. Louis and Chicago, Axios' Kelly Tyko reports.

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