Football Teams with the Most Expensive Tickets

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5. Denver Broncos
> Avg. ticket price: $237.26
> Stadium: Sports Authority Field
> Super Bowls in past 10 years: 0
> Avg. home attendance (2012): 76,632 (5th highest)

The Denver Broncos have been one of the most popular teams in football for years. The team’s quarterback is Peyton Manning, who, in his second season with the team, set an NFL record of seven touchdowns in the Denver home opener. According to SeatGeek estimates, three of the 10 most expensive tickets for the 2013 season will be for games against the Broncos, although none of those will be at Sports Authority Field, the team’s stadium. Broncos’ home game ticket prices have increased by more than 50% since 2011, the third highest price spike in the NFL.

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4. Green Bay Packers
> Avg. ticket price: $245.40
> Stadium: Lambeau Field
> Super Bowls in past 10 years: 1
> Avg. home attendance (2012): 70,507 (10th highest)

Counting pre-Super Bowl professional football, the Green Bay Packers have won more world championships than any other NFL team, including four Super Bowls. In 2008, Aaron Rodgers replaced long-time franchise quarterback Brett Favre. Some wondered if Rodgers could fill Favre’s shoes, but he responded with four straight seasons of 10 wins or more and a Super Bowl win in 2011. In April, Rodgers signed a five-year, $110 million deal, giving him the highest annual pay in the league. The average ticket price for a Packers game has increased by about 10% since 2011, a small increase compared with the other teams on this list.

3. New England Patriots
> Avg. ticket price: $277.96
> Stadium: Gillette Stadium
> Super Bowls in past 10 years: 2
> Avg. home attendance (2012): 68,755 (15th highest)

The Patriots will play the Broncos at their Gillette Stadium at the end of November for what will be the most expensive football game for fans to attend this year, with the average secondary-market ticket going for $390.45. The New England team’s home stadium, which it has consistently filled since it was built in 2002, has a capacity of about 70,000. Under quarterback Tom Brady and highly respected coach Bill Belichick, the Patriots have played in the Super Bowl five times since 2001. According to Forbes, the franchise is worth about $1.8 billion, second most in the NFL.

2. Chicago Bears
> Avg. ticket price: $282.16
> Stadium: Soldier Field
> Super Bowls in past 10 years: 0
> Avg. home attendance (2012): 62,329 (23rd highest)

Two of the 10 most expensive games scheduled this year for attendees include games of the Bears against Dallas and New York this fall. The average secondary-market ticket price for both games — to be played at the Bears’ home stadium Soldier Field — is more than $300. The stadium, which underwent extensive renovations in 2003, seats more than 60,000 people and regularly sells out. The Bears’ head coach since 2004, Lovie Smith, was fired at the end of December last year. He was replaced by Marc Trestman, who so far this season has shown competence, winning their first two games.

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1. New York Giants
> Avg. ticket price: $292.36
> Stadium: MetLife Stadium
> Super Bowls in past 10 years: 2
> Avg. home attendance (2012): 80,495 (2nd highest)

The New York Giants have had the most expensive home game tickets the past two years. The Giants have won four Super Bowls, two of them in the past six years with Eli Manning as quarterback, when they defeated the Patriots in both 2008 and in 2012. The new MetLife Stadium, located in New Jersey and the home of both the Giants and the Jets, routinely meets its 80,000 person capacity in ticket sales. The NFL scheduled Super Bowl XLVIII to be played in February, 2014, at MetLife Stadium. Tickets for last Sunday’s game against the Broncos cost $378.02 on average, the second most expensive game for fans to attend that is scheduled this year.