7 NFL Teams That Make Fans Pay the Most

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Earlier in December, we wrote about the eight National Football League teams that boasted the highest attendance at both their home and away games. Some of the teams’ rankings on the list were surprising, while others were to be expected, but because each team’s stadium supports different numbers, capacity had to be taken into consideration in determining attendance totals.

The Dallas Cowboys came in first, with fan attendance of 1,290,328 for the 2012 season — but AT&T Stadium also packs in 80,000 people, close to the highest of any NFL arena, so that also helps the team’s cause. Still, tickets to Dallas Cowboy games are among the most expensive in the league, and that variable also has to be taken into account when evaluating fan loyalty.

FanCostExperience.com’s Team Marketing Report, published in September, shows that ticket prices for NFL games vary significantly depending on the squad. While the average ticket price sits at $117.84, the difference between the price of a ticket for one team and another can differ by as much as $50. Different factors account for the price discrepancies, including stadium capacity and team records, but certain teams continue to have some of the highest ticket prices in the league, while others manage to keep their prices low.

The website looked at every NFL team’s average ticket price and determined which squad requires the most money to watch a game live, as well as which one demands the least. The report organized team totals based on their Fan Cost Indexes. The Fan Cost Index, or FCI, is a “fake” metric that measures how much it would cost a family of four to attend a game and purchase two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, two game programs, and two adult-size adjustable caps, along with paying for parking for one car.

Of course, going to a game doesn’t always require the high costs that the FCI measures, but the number still gives an accurate example of what a typical family pays to go see an NFL game and also enjoy the other indulgences that often accompany an experience at a professional sporting event. These costs differ significantly for every team, so we’re highlighting the seven teams that cost the mot to see live while accounting for certain other variables.