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Top 5 cheapest football stadiums

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Ford Field

Where located: Detroit
Team: Lions

When it comes to losing sports teams, baseball might have the Cubs, but at least they never went an entire season without a win. Football's Detroit Lions lost all 16 games in the 2008 season, a mark of singularity for a team with the second-longest championship drought in the NFL. For the Lions' long-suffering fans, at least they don't have to pay more than a rooftop ticket at Wrigley Field to watch their team attempt to end the futility.

Team Marketing Report has the Lions' Ford Field as the fifth-cheapest fan experience in the NFL, with a Fan Cost Index of $365.61. That includes an average ticket price of $62.40 for the 65,000 seat stadium and the second-lowest premium ticket average of $142.98. Like most teams, the Lions offer deep discounts for groups, so team up with some friends and save about $15 per ticket.

Heading to the stadium early for tailgating? Ford Field has some of the cheapest parking in the NFL, averaging about $10. But be sure to pack your cooler to the brim because Ford Field's beer ($7.50) and hot dog ($5.75) prices rank higher than many other stadiums.

Completed in 2002, the football stadium's architects perhaps anticipated a need for distraction, designing a lower upper deck by omitting additional suite levels and providing a beautiful glimpse of downtown Detroit. Ford Field has drawn more than 98 percent of attendance capacity so far this season, including a record crowd for a Lions game Oct. 10. That must be some skyline.


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