Ticket prices soar in NFL
September 7, 2004
CHICAGO (AP) -- The average ticket price for an NFL game this season will be more than $54, a 4.9 percent increase from 2003. According to Team Marketing Report's annual survey, the Atlanta Falcons
and Carolina Panthers
had the biggest increases. The Falcons' average ticket price is up 26.2 percent to $43.71, while the NFC champion Panthers raised theirs 18 percent to $50.23. Meanwhile, the New England Patriots
, Philadelphia Eagles
and Green Bay Packers
, all 2003 division winners, did not raise prices. But the Patriots have the most expensive average price, $75.33.
Only the New Orleans Saints
and Seattle Seahawks
decreased ticket prices.
The Buffalo Bills
, who last made the playoffs in 1999, are the best bargain with a $37.13 average ticket price. The average cost for a family of four at an NFL game this season will be more than $300, according to the Fan Cost Index compiled by TMR. That's up 4.3 percent from 2003 and includes four tickets, two small beers, four small soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two least-expensive, adult-size caps.
I'll tell ya what, $75 is too much for a single game ticket. I love football but I'm not payin that much to see any sport or concert. I'll watch it on TV.