Hard-up Atlanta Falcons fans have turned to GoFundMe in their bid to afford tickets for the NFL team’s first Super Bowl appearance in two decades.

As tickets for the championship game with the New England Patriots change hands for an average of around $5,000 (£4,000/€4,600) on resale sites, Falcons supporters with a little less disposable income are thinking out of the box.

More than 100 Falcons fans, in Georgia and other parts of the US, 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 at Houston’s NRG Stadium.

Many fans have posted photos of themselves as children wearing Falcons gear, while some have simply attempted to generate sympathy among the wealthy by uploading cute pictures of their own children.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that there are ill fans, fans down on their financial luck and fans in the military who need money for a ticket to the game. There are also fans who already have tickets to the game but just need money for extras like transport and beer.

While the overwhelming majority of the GoFundMe pages seeking Super Bowl support have raised $0, David Clary – a local radio announcer – has reached almost $1,500 of his $5,000 goal thanks to a generous $500 donation.