NFL fans, go deep -- into your wallets
Pro football ticket prices are already reaching nose-bleed levels on the secondary market. Which team will cost you the most?
For some National Football League fans, it's never too early to start thinking about the coming season -- and to secure tickets to a choice game. But this year's pro schedule is already shaping up to be quite costly for fans heading to the stadium.
According to VividSeats.com, a Chicago ticket reseller, the average ticket price for a seat at an NFL home game this season is $203.75. The team with the highest average overall ticket prices is the New England Patriots, at $431, while the Cleveland Browns come in at the bottom of the list, with an average ticket price of $106.
Vivid Seats also has rankings on the most expensive games to attend this year during the NFL regular season. Topping that list is the Nov. 24 match-up between the Patriots and the Denver Broncos in the Mile High City. The average ticket price for that game is $575.
Here's the complete listing of Vivid Seats' average ticket price for each NFL team:
New England Patriots -- $431
Chicago Bears -- $416
Denver Broncos -- $317
New York Giants -- $317
New Orleans Saints -- $273
Green Bay Packers -- $269
Baltimore Ravens -- $268
Pittsburgh Steelers -- $255
Dallas Cowboys -- $254
Seattle Seahawks -- $250
New York Jets -- $222
Houston Texans -- $220
San Francisco 49ers -- $216
Philadelphia Eagles -- $199
Washington Redskins -- $196
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- $184
San Diego Chargers -- $180
Indianapolis Colts -- $177
Miami Dolphins -- $164
Carolina Panthers -- $161
Atlanta Falcons -- $157
Detroit Lions -- $140
Minnesota Vikings -- $137
St. Louis Rams -- $137
Jacksonville Jaguars -- $136
Cincinnati Bengals -- $134
Arizona Cardinals -- $126
Kansas City Chiefs -- $124
Buffalo Bills -- $122
Oakland Raiders -- $120
Tennessee Titans -- $112
Cleveland Browns -- $106
Remember, that's the average price for just one ticket on the secondary market after the teams have already sold their inventory at face value. And, of course, tickets are just one part of the overall price of attending an NFL game.
According to the 2012 Fan Cost Index, published by Team Marketing Report, the average cost for a family of four going to an NFL game -- including four average-price face-value tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two of the least-expensive, adult-size adjustable caps -- comes to $443.93.
That's a 3.9% increase from 2011, and those prices are expected to rise further.
There is nothing like watching an NFL game.......on a 50", 1080p plasma with surround sound, in my own den with a cooler full of bottled beer on my nice comfy couch with about a half-dozen buddies.
You get slo-mo replays, in your lap action, graphics and stats that you won't get when shoehorned in your (minimum!) $120 molded plastic seat while trying to balance that $8 beer and $5 hot dog, after paying for the $35 parking.
NFL season ticket holders, I sincerely hope you enjoy the game more than I do....though I seriously doubt it!
is no need for Stubhub, etc., or any such company to exist in the first place. The venue, park or field
that is having the event or game should be the only place (or site) to sell tickets.
Now back to the point I was making, If you overpay the QB, you have very little left to bring in a Quality OL or DL. You have very little left to bring in quality WR, Backs, etc. QBs are what the league has decided is the Face of the League and that's how they Market it. Hardly means they couldn't be just as successful Marketing others. The Best QB in the league is worthless if he doesn't have quality receivers and a good OL.
"Average Joe" has just been removed from the equation. Tis a shame indeed. Instead of beer and brats it will soon be champagne and caviar on the tailgates.
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