The thrill of witnessing an NFL game live in a stadium is a unique experience that football fans cherish – if you can stand the drunks. Or, are a drunk yourself.
In this article, we will wet our beaks in the nectar of expensive NFL ticket prices (sourced via SeatGeek), highlighting the three most expensive teams (using the average cost of the cheapest available): the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
On the flip side, we will also explore the teams offering the least expensive NFL tickets: the Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, and Atlanta Falcons.
Most Expensive NFL Tickets – Top 3
1. The Dallas Cowboys – $245
The Dallas Cowboys, often referred to as “America’s Team,” boast the most expensive NFL tickets. Known for their massive fan base and state-of-the-art stadium, the Cowboys consistently lead the league in attendance. The team’s home stadium, AT&T Stadium, provides an unparalleled game-day experience with its enormous video screen, luxurious suites, and top-notch amenities. The combination of a historic franchise and a world-class venue drives up ticket prices, making attending a Cowboys game a significant investment for fans.
2. The Philadelphia Eagles – $226.56
The Philadelphia Eagles are a storied franchise with a passionate fan base known for their unwavering loyalty. Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles’ home stadium, is a symbol of the team’s connection with its supporters. The combination of an electric atmosphere, competitive football, and the rich history of the franchise contributes to the demand for Eagles tickets. As a result, the Eagles consistently rank among the teams with the highest ticket prices, offering fans an unforgettable experience.
3. The Pittsburgh Steelers – $209
The Pittsburgh Steelers have one of the most passionate and dedicated fan bases in the NFL. With a legacy of success and a rich football tradition, Steelers tickets are highly sought after. Heinz Field, their home stadium, adds to the allure of attending a game, providing fans with a picturesque view of the city skyline. The Steelers consistently field competitive teams, making their games an enticing option for football enthusiasts. However, this demand also drives ticket prices to the upper end of the spectrum.
Cheapest NFL Tickets – Top 3
1. The Jacksonville Jaguars – $57.29
In contrast to the aforementioned teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars offer the least expensive NFL tickets. The Jaguars, a relatively young franchise, have struggled to maintain consistent success on the field, which impacts ticket demand. Additionally, their stadium, TIAA Bank Field, while impressive, lacks the grandeur and extravagance found in other venues. These factors contribute to the affordability of Jaguars tickets, providing an accessible opportunity for fans to attend NFL games without breaking the bank.
2. The Houston Texans – $64.13
Similarly, the Houston Texans, despite being a relatively recent addition to the NFL, offer affordable ticket prices. The team’s home stadium, NRG Stadium, offers a comfortable environment for fans, but it lacks the prestige and historical significance of other venues. The Texans’ performance on the field has varied over the years, which further influences ticket prices. Nonetheless, attending a Texans game remains an enjoyable experience for fans looking for an affordable NFL outing.
3. The Atlanta Falcons – $64.63
Rounding out the list of teams with the least expensive tickets are the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons’ home stadium, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, is a modern marvel with its retractable roof and innovative design. Despite boasting a visually stunning venue, the Falcons have faced challenges in consistently filling the stadium. Factors such as team performance and competition from other sports teams in Atlanta contribute to the affordability of Falcons tickets. Nevertheless, attending a Falcons game provides an opportunity to witness high-level football without breaking the bank.
Now what if we get weird – you wanna get weird, dontcha?
Let’s take the same ticket price data from Seat Geek (taking the average cost of the cheapest available) for each team’s home games for the 2023 season.
Then let’s compare it against that home state’s salary data, using info from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The data revealed that Wisconsin came out on top as the state where a ticket to watch the local NFL team costs the highest proportion of the average salary. And we know who “lives” there – the publicly-funded Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers’ cheapest available ticket averaged out to $204.11 for its eight home games in the upcoming season. That equates to 17.67% of Wisconsin’s $1,155 weekly salary – the highest ratio out of all 32 teams in the league.
One of the two Texas NFL teams came in second place.
The Dallas Cowboys’ average cheapest ticket is $245, which is the highest cost in the league, but it equates to 17.36% of the $1,411 average weekly wage in Texas, putting the Cowboys in a close second to the Green Bay Packers.
Conversely, the Houston Texans are at the other end of the scale as the team whose tickets are the lowest percentage of their home state’s average weekly wage. The average cheapest ticket on Seat Geek for the Texans is $64.13, which is just 4.45% of the average weekly wage.
The Philadelphia Eagles in Pennsylvania was the third most expensive team for the average local fan to watch.
The cheapest average ticket for the Eagles in 2023 is $226.56, 17.10% of Philadelphia’s $1,325 average weekly wage. The Eagles’ Pennsylvania rivals, The Pittsburgh Steelers are in fifth place with a cost of $209 per ticket, which is 15.77% of the average salary in the state.
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Kansas City Chiefs placed fourth on the list with the lowest price available ticket, averaging $197.75. The cost to watch the reigning Super Bowl champions at home this season would equate to 17.09% of the $1,157 average weekly wage in Missouri.
In fifth place is the Las Vegas Raiders in Nevada, with the cheapest ticket taking a slight price decline. At $159.13, Raiders tickets equate to 13.81% of the average weekly salary in Nevada.