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High price of football mania

By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Posted: 6 am ET

For NFL fans, the price of a day at the stadium keeps getting higher. Cheering on the Dallas Cowboys, for example, could set season ticket holders back $313, including the cost of two tickets at $110 each, parking for $75 and a couple of $9 beers.

A day spent watching the Dallas Cowboys in person could cost more than $300.

A day spent watching the Dallas Cowboys in person could cost more than $300.

According to the annual "Fan Cost Index" from Team Marketing Report, the average ticket price for annual season ticket holders this year is 3 percent higher than it was a year ago. The index measures the cost of two season tickets, two beers and parking. It now costs an average of $82 per ticket to attend a game. Add to that $31 for parking and $7 per beer for a total average gameday price of $209.

"You have to have some serious coin to bring your whole family" to a game, Minneapolis resident Nathan Rice told CNN Money. He's recently cut back on attendance to Minnesota Vikings games because of the high prices and takes his 8-year-old son to only one game a year. His younger son and wife don't attend.

Although the Cowboys placed highest on the index of gameday prices, the highest ticket prices belong to the New England Patriots, three-time winners of the Super Bowl. The average price of $118 is the same as it was last year. Parking costs average $40 and beers are $8 each, so the total gameday price for two is $292, just behind the Cowboys.

What do you think of the price of attending an NFL game?

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September 12, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Most stadiums allow you to bring in a sealed water bottle. That's a good way to save about $7 per person

September 12, 2013 at 10:15 am

A group of us will watch the Pats Jets game in a sports bar, where we will eat and drink for about $30 apiece. When the game is over we will all be home within 10 minutes.

Good food and drink, good friends and a hopefully a good game.

What more could you ask for, without the crowds and idiocy!

September 12, 2013 at 8:53 am

Sober bicyclists can really save some money here.