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?

By Bruce Kennedy Jul 25, 2013 7:19AM

Tickets for a Detroit Lions-St. Louis Rams NFL game in Detroit, Mich., on September 9, 2012 (copyright Paul Sancya/AP)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, 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.

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Jul 25, 2013 1:27PM
Watching the game at home on big screen, high definition TV is the answer. Replays, commentary, no blocked views,  no travel expense, no parking fee, no waiting, no crowd management, no overpriced, mediocre food, clean bathroom right down the hallway, company of your choice.  When you wake up the next morning, you're hundreds of dollars richer. When the demand decreases, the prices of tickets will plummet.
Jul 25, 2013 7:34AM
stop going to games and the prices will come down
Jul 25, 2013 11:24AM
it is incredible that taxpayers subsidize virtually every new stadium in the country. food stamps for the rich
Jul 25, 2013 1:39PM

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!

Jul 28, 2013 7:42AM
Our whole system is out of whack! We bitch when our teachers, police, firefighters and others who are saving our lives or making them better, try to earn $50,000 dollars a YEAR, but it's fine for a professional athlete to make tens of millions of dollars a year for playing with their balls! Because "They're worth it!!"
Jul 25, 2013 10:34AM
Players salaries are pricing folks out of the stands!  Then the stands will not be filled and local stations will not show the games..
Jul 25, 2013 11:18AM
Jul 25, 2013 7:04PM
I haven't bought a ticket to a pro sporting event since the strikes. And I won't. People are complaining about the salaries of top CEO's but think nothing about $multi million salaries for players. Who is worth more, a man (or woman) responsible for the lives and welfare of thousands of workers, or a jock playing a game? Lock them all out for a year and when the banks foreclose on their cars, boats, motorcycles, and homes, offer them ten cents on the dollar to come back. In the mien time, look for me at the local high school and college games.
Jul 25, 2013 3:13PM
Theres a FOOL born every day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 25, 2013 7:32PM
Make it illegal to scalp tickets.  Any ticket, for any event,  should be sold at face value only.  There
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.

Jul 25, 2013 12:34PM
When the league continually overpays their quarterbacks, this is what happens. Football is a team sport. The Quarterback doesn't play defense. The Quarterback doesn't catch the ball after he throws it. Quarterbacks are way overrated for just doing their job.
Jul 28, 2013 9:36AM
Why battle hoards of people and snarled traffic when you can sit on the couch at home and relax?  As a Lions fan, I think they should pay US $140.00 to go to the games!
Jul 25, 2013 3:57PM
The most important part of this story is that ticket prices are expensive period, even before you consider the secondary market considering the state of the Economy. Most of us understand the process of a secondary market, some folks think we can't grasp that concept.

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.

Jul 28, 2013 10:24AM

"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.

Jul 28, 2013 8:58AM
I went to just one "Super-Bowl" game way back in 1976 !!!!!
Oakland/Vikings were playing and Oakland destroyed the Vikings.
The Tickets we bought were scalped on the 50yrd line for $60.00 !!
We thought at the time we were really taken But, at today's prices "what a deal" 
Jul 28, 2013 8:50AM
I have purchased 4 Dallas Cowboys tickets for $150 total last year ($800 value)...... just wait till they lose a couple of games, start talking about letting the coach go  or have some superstar player get suspended again and the fans get fed up and put the tickets on Ebay cheap
Jul 25, 2013 2:52PM
most of you are missing the most important part of the story. This is the average price on the SECONDARY market. This is season ticket holders selling to others on sites like stub hub or through a ticket agency. The teams are not realizing the windfall, the scalpers and ticket sites are reaping the cash.
Jul 28, 2013 11:58AM
prices will come down... staying at home is way worth it... i can understand the pats prices "they win" and u can pretty much count on them making the playoffs each yr.... but i'm not parting with a hundred bucks to see a team that i know has no shot at at least the playoffs  
Jul 28, 2013 9:20AM
I just read further in this string and Saab Loyalist made a great point which now makes a lot of sense . . . these prices are re-sale averages - not what season ticket holders are paying.  Just goes to show people out there have more money than brains!
Jul 28, 2013 10:46AM
There are many people who love the game day experience at the stadium and there are the ones who love watching from their home on the big screen. So I say that is great for both sides. If you love going to the games have a blast. If you love watching at home thats great also. Just remember that you need the people who buy tickets to sell out games so you can watch your HOME team on the big screen.
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