The Most (and Least) Expensive NFL Teams to See Before the Playoffs
Buying a ticket to an National Football League game is no small undertaking. Even the cheapest tickets are usually at least $100, and the average ticket price across the NFL is at least double that. And in stadiums where tickets are in high demand, a seat can cost much more. Buying a ticket to a New England Patriots home game through the first 13 weeks of the season costs $569 on average.
The NFL season is winding down, and the playoff dreams of some teams are already over. While seeing these teams now can be a bitter experience for fans, the upside is that games can also be cheaper. However, games of teams that are still in the hunt or of elite teams trying to establish a first-round bye are likely to be some of the most high-intensity games of the years. Tickets to these games will sell at a premium.
Ticketing market intelligence company TicketIQ provided 24/7 Wall St. with average prices for every game in the 2017 NFL season, including the current average price for each of the remaining games. Depending on the team you follow, you can expect to pay less than $100 or over $500.
How much you can expect to pay to see your favorite team’s home games depends on a number of factors in addition to team quality. Who the team plays has a major impact on ticket prices. Hosting a generally weak opponent with a smaller fanbase, such as Cleveland or Buffalo, tends to generate less demand and therefore command lower ticket prices, while hosting New England, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Dallas tends to drive up prices.
The size of the fanbase can also meaningfully affect ticket prices. Most of the least expensive NFL games this season involve teams in smaller metropolitan areas that have fewer fans to draw on. In major cities, with millions of fans, ticket prices are often high — even if the team is having an abysmal season. In the five largest metropolitan areas in the country — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, and Houston, the average ticket price is higher than for the majority of NFL teams in most cases, despite the majority of these being either long shots to make the playoffs or already statistically eliminated.
The NFL teams on this are ranked based on average ticket prices for the remaining home games. All listed averages are for after-market tickets, and were provided by TicketIQ. Prices are as of the end of week 13 of the 2017 NFL season, as are all statistics, and team records. Stadium attendance figures are from ESPN’s NFL page, and are also as of the conclusion of the week 13 games.