Football fans are truly dedicated to the sport. That’s likely why each NFL team is worth $4.14 billion on average. Some die-hard fans spend more than others, and some teams have a larger, more intense fan base, but any NFL fan is likely to spend something each year to support their favorite team.
Let’s examine the many costs associated with being an NFL fan — from the cost of attending one of the 272 games to the price of merch, to the costliest teams to be a fan of.
Cost of attending an NFL game
When you attend an NFL game, you’ll be greeted by a roaring stadium filled with other fans there to celebrate, drink cold beer and eat delicious food. All of that comes with a price, though, and a steep one at that.
The fans that spend the most on tickets alone are those of the Las Vegas Raiders with an average ticket price of over $600. An analysis by PicksWise found that Raiders fans who attend home and away games spend a grand total of $3,450 each year supporting their team.
Some NFL fans pay less, though, thanks to cheaper tickets, concessions and merchandise. For example, following the Buffalo Bills for a season would cost $2,762, according to the same Pickswise study.
NFL game ticket prices
As with most expenses, NFL ticket costs increase each year. In 2012, the average ticket price for an NFL game was just $190. In 2021, however, the average ticket is a much higher $457.
Why have prices shot up so much in just nine years?
There are a number of reasons, one being simply supply and demand. American football is an extremely popular sport and makes up a major part of the entertainment industry, so NFL tickets are going to continue going up so those within the industry can make more money. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic likely affected ticket prices. Since fans couldn’t go to games for over a year, demand for the sport increased.
To get a sense of current ticket prices, let’s look at both the most and least expensive NFL teams.
5 most expensive NFL teams
5 least expensive NFL teams:
Buying an NFL jersey of your favorite player can give you a sense of comradery with your fellow fans and shows your team pride. But you may be surprised to learn how expensive these jerseys can be. For example, official Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers merchandise retailers list adult jerseys starting around $130, while Cincinnati Bengals jerseys start around $100.
Additional costs: food, travel and parking
Buying tickets and team paraphernalia are far from the only costs …….