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Fan Fare: Why It Costs Twice As Much To See Skins, Niners Than Browns, Bengals

By Barry Janoff

September 6, 2016: The NFL is a big business — an anticipated $13.3 billion in revenue expected this season — with much of the money coming from fans and consumers during game day.

But in the NFL, a league that strives for on-field parity, not all team experiences are created equal.

League attendance topped 17.5 million in 2015. an average of 68,400 per game including all NFL stadiums, according to the NFL,  

Which translates to big dollars when you include paying for tickets, parking, food and drink.

The most expensive games to attend are in FedEx Field, where two people on average will spend $272.17 to watch the Washington Redskins, paying an average of $87.33 per ticket, $9 per beer, $5 for a soft drink, $6 for a hot dog and more than $57 to park, according to new study from GoBankingRates.com, a leading online destination for personal finance and consumer banking information.

The most expensive per-game visits on average after Washington are the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium ($270.67), Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium ($268.28), Chicago Bears at Soldier Field ($261.50), Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field ($260), Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field ($246.78) and New York Giants Game at MetLife Stadium ($246.67), according to the study.

Concurrently, the five least expensive per-game trips on average are led by the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium ($131.93), Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium ($133.66), Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson (now New Era) Stadium ($136.66), Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium ($138.67) and Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field ($141.60).

The average cost to see the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos play in Mile High Stadium is $196, while it costs an average of  $159.33 to see the NFC champion Carolina Panthers in Bank of America Stadium, per GoBankingRates.com.

"Going to a football game on a Sunday is the equivalent of going to church for some fans," Kristen Bonner, lead researcher on the GoBankingRates study, which was compiled by Andrew DiPietro, said in a statement.

"The cost of these games, however, is something that fans have to think about and, in some cases, budget for in advance. Luckily, there are stadiums that make the experience more affordable so fans can return for more games throughout the season," said Bonner.

GoBankingRates.com, based in Los Angeles, said it looked at five factors to determine how much it costs, on average, for two people to attend a home game for 31 NFL teams (excluding the Los Angeles Rams): two tickets, two hot dogs, two beers, two soft drinks and parking.

Ticket prices were calculated by averaging the cost per game for the three cheapest season ticket prices advertised on each team's official NFL site.

The other factors were based on numbers from in the September 2015 Team Marketing Report, according to GoBanking Rates.com

Among other stats, the study found that a day spent watching a Washington game in FedEx Field (272.17) for two people is more than twice as much as a Bengals game at Paul Brown Stadium ($131.93).

That the average cost for a ticket to a Bills ($72.66), Baltimore Ravens ($68.67), Houston Texans ($70.33), Denver Broncos ($67) and New York Jets ($70.33) game is less than the cost of parking at a Cowboys game at AT&T stadium ($75).

Compare that to parking for the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, which is the lowest average in the NFL: $11.

And that the average cost of two fans going to a New York Giants game in MetLife Stadium comes out to $246.67, but the average cost for two people going to a Jets game in MetLife Stadium is $193.67.

The Jets attendance figures in 2015 were also down from their MetLife co-tenant Giants: 78,160 avg., 625,280 total.

The Cowboys led all teams with an average attendance in AT&T Stadium of 91,459 and a total of more than 731,600.

They were followed by the Giants (79,000 avg., 632,000 total in MetLife Stadium) and the Packers (78,413 avg., 627,300 total) in Lambeau Field.

Also among the top teams, the Broncos averaged 76,922  per game with a 615,381 total in Mile High Stadium, followed by Washington (76,209 avg., 609,672 total) in FedEx Field, the Panthers (74,056 avg., 592,454 total) in Bank of America Stadium and Kansas City (74,086 avg., 592,688 total) in Arrowhead Stadium.

Team-by-Team Average Fan Cost Per Game (Highest to Lowest)

Washington Redskins Game at FedEx Field: $272.17
• Ticket price: $87.33
• Beer: $9
• Soft Drink: $5
• Hot Dog: $6
• Parking: $57.50

San Francisco 49ers Game at Levi's Stadium: $270.67
• Ticket price: $93.33
• Beer: $10
• Soft Drink: $6
• Hot Dog: $6
• Parking: $40

Dallas Cowboys Game at AT&T Stadium: $268.28
• Ticket price: $77.64
• Beer: $8.50
• Soft Drink: $5
• Hot Dog: $5.50
• Parking: $75

Chicago Bears Game at Soldier Field: $261.50
• Ticket price: $87.00
• Beer: $9.25
• Soft Drink: $5
• Hot Dog: $5
• Parking: $49

Green Bay Packers Game at Lambeau Field: $260.00
• Ticket price: $92.00
• Beer: $7.75
• Soft Drink: $4.50
• Hot Dog: $5.75
• Parking: $40

New England Patriots Game at Gillette Stadium: $249.83
• Ticket price: $89.67
• Beer: $7.50
• Soft Drink: $4
• Hot Dog: $3.75
• Parking: $40

Philadelphia Eagles Game at Lincoln Financial Field: $246.78
• Ticket price: $87.89
• Beer: $8.50
• Soft Drink: $4.50
• Hot Dog: $5
• Parking: $35

New York Giants at MetLife Stadium: $246.67
• Ticket price: $94.33
• Beer: $5
• Soft Drink: $3
• Hot Dog: $6
• Parking: $30

Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field: $232.00
• Ticket price: $78.00
• Beer: $5
• Soft Drink: $5
• Hot Dog: $3
• Parking: $50

Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field: $228.27
• Ticket price: $76.13
• Beer: $8
• Soft Drink: $4.75
• Hot Dog: $5.25
• Parking: $40

Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium: $219.83
• Ticket price: $68.67
• Beer: $8.50
• Soft Drink: $7.75
• Hot Dog: $5
• Parking: $40

Houston Texans at NRG Stadium: $204.68
• Ticket price: $70.33
• Beer: $5
• Soft Drink: $4.75
• Hot Dog: $5.75
• PParking: $33.20

Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium: $196.00
• Ticket price: $67.00
• Beer: $6.75
• Soft Drink: $4.50
• Hot Dog: $4.75
• Parking: $30

New York Jets at MetLife Stadium: $193.67
• Ticket price: $70.33
• Beer: $5
• Soft Drink: $3
• Hot Dog: $6
• Parking: $25

New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz SuperDome: $173.50
• Ticket price: $50.00
• Beer: $9
• Soft Drink: $4.75
• Hot Dog: $5.50
• Parking: $35

Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium: $167.67
• Ticket price: $63.33
• Beer: $7
• Soft Drink: $3
• Hot Dog: $3
• Parking: $15

Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum: $160.00
• Ticket price: $40.50
• Beer: $10.75
• Soft Drink: $4.50
• Hot Dog: $6.75
• Parking: $35

Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium: $159.33
• Ticket price: $54.67
• Beer: $5
• Soft Drink: $5
• Hot Dog: $5
• Parking: $20

Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium: $158.17
• Ticket price: $51.33
• Beer: $7
• Soft Drink: $5.50
• Hot Dog: $5.25
• Parking: $20

San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium: $155.83
• Ticket price: $44.67
• Beer: $9
• Soft Drink: $5.75
• Hot Dog: $6
• Parking: $25

Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome: $155.00
• Ticket price: $48.00
• Beer: $7.50
• Soft Drink: $6.50
• Hot Dog: $5.50
• Parking: $20

Miami Dolphins at New Miami Stadium: $154.70
• Ticket price: $49.60
• Beer: $7.75
• Soft Drink: $4
• Hot Dog: $6
• Parking: $20

Detroit Lions at Ford Field: $153.50
• Ticket price: $52.50
• Beer: $7.50
• Soft Drink: $5
• Hot Dog: $6.25
• Parking: $11

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium: $150.00
• Ticket price: $45.00
• Beer: $7.75
• Soft Drink: $4.50
• Hot Dog: $5.25
• Parking: $25

Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium: $146.67
• Ticket price: $43.33
• Beer: $7
• Soft Drink: $4
• Hot Dog: $4
• Parking: $30

Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium: $145.00
• Ticket price: $42.30
• Beer: $6
• Soft Drink: $5
• Hot Dog: $5
• Parking: $25

Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field: $141.60
• Ticket price: $42.30
• Beer: $6
• Soft Drink: $5
˙• Hot Dog: $5
• Parking: $25

Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium: $138.67
• Ticket price: $38.33
• Beer: $7.25
• Soft Drink: $4.50
• Hot Dog: $5.75
• Parking: $27

Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson (now New Era) Stadium: $136.66
• Ticket price: $36.33
• Beer: $9
• Soft Drink: $5
• Hot Dog: $5.50
• Parking: $25

Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium: $133.66
• Ticket price: $38.33
• Beer: $5
• Soft Drink: $5
• Hot Dog: $6
• Parking: $25

Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium: $131.93
• Ticket price: $39.47
• Beer: $5
• Soft Drink: $5.25
• Hot Dog: $5.25
• Parking: $22

Source: GoBankingRates.com

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