10 Cities Where It Costs an Arm and a Leg to Go to an NFL Game

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Stadium ticket windows | Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Being a die-hard football fan comes at a cost. If you want to spend your Sunday cheering on your favorite team in person, you better be prepared to open your wallet. Tickets for two, parking, and a couple of beers and hot dogs will cost you more than $200 at many NFL stadiums, according to an analysis by GoBankingRates.

The high cost of attending an NFL game might be causing some people to stay home. When stretched family budgets are combined with expensive tickets, some fans are forced to choose between a beloved tradition and not going broke.

“With a family of four in today’s economy, [attending games] is not something that’s a top priority, even though that’s something that’s a really big deal to my family,” Melissa Lambert, a Washington Redskins fan, told ABC News.

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Is there any way for die-hard fans to save when going to an NFL game? If you’re patient, you may be able to score cheap-ish tickets a day or two before the game using websites like Vivid Seats, StubHub, or SeatGeek.

“Generally it pays to wait until the last minute to buy a ticket as sellers are more willing to drop their price once the event gets closer,” Cameron Papp, a spokesperson for StubHub, told TheStreet. “However, this isn’t always the case. If a team starts doing well, demand will increase and ticket prices could rise.”

Bringing in your own snacks can help you cut down on costs too, though not all stadiums allow it. Off-site parking can save you even more money, and some NFL stadiums are accessible via public transit, so you won’t have to pay to park at all.

Of course, it also helps if you’re a fan of a team that has cheaper ticket and concession prices to begin with. The Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and Buffalo Bills have some of the most affordable game experiences for their fans. Bengals fans can get tickets for under $40 and a 14-ounce beer for $5. Parking is $22. Compare that to the Washington Redskins, where the cheapest tickets are $87, a beer is $9, and parking is $57.50. (Ticket prices are based on the average per-game cost for the three cheapest season ticket prices as calculated by GoBankingRates.)

Is your favorite team one of the most expensive for fans? Keep reading to find out.

Rankings based on the cost of two tickets for a home game, one beer, hot dog, and soda per person, and parking.

10. Pittsburgh (Steelers at Heinz Field)

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Pittsburgh Steelers fans | Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Total cost: $228.27

  • Average ticket price: $76.13
  • Beer: $8
  • Soda: $4.75
  • Hot dog: $5.25
  • Parking: $40

Everything from the tickets to the soda is more expensive for Steelers fans.

9. Seattle (Seahawks at CenturyLink Field)

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Seattle Seahawks fans | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Total cost: $232

  • Average ticket price: $78
  • Beer: $5
  • Soda: $5
  • Hot dog: $3
  • Parking: $50

Tickets and parking are expensive, but the hot dogs at CenturyLink field are the cheapest in the NFL.

8. New York (Giants at MetLife Stadium)

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A young New York Giants fan | Al Bello/Getty Images

Total cost: $246.67

  • Average ticket price: $94.33
  • Beer: $5
  • Soda: $3
  • Hot dog: $6
  • Parking: $30

The New York Giants have the eighth-most-expensive game experience for fans — $246.67 for two people. Fans of the Jets, who also play in MetLife Stadium, get a better deal at $193.67 per game due to cheaper ticket prices and parking (food and drinks cost the same).

7. Philadelphia (Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field)

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Philadelphia Eagles fans tailgate prior to a game at Lincoln Financial Field | Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Total cost: $246.78

  • Average ticket price: $87.98
  • Beer: $8.50
  • Soda: $4.50
  • Hot dog: $5
  • Parking: $35

At close to $90 per person, the Eagles have some of the most expensive tickets in the NFL.

6. Boston (New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium)

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The New England Patriots mascot interacts with fans | Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Total cost: $249.83

  • Average ticket price: $89.67
  • Beer: $7.50
  • Soda: $4
  • Hot dog: $3.75
  • Parking: $40

At $3.75, hot dogs are fairly cheap at Gillette Stadium, but everything else, from tickets to beer, is expensive.

5. Green Bay (Packers at Lambeau Field)

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Green Bay Packers fans | Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Total cost: $260

  • Average ticket price: $92
  • Beer: $7.75
  • Soda: $4.50
  • Hot dog: $5.75
  • Parking: $40

Green Bay is the smallest city with an NFL team, but that doesn’t translate into a deal for fans. The Packers have the third-most-expensive tickets of any team.

4. Chicago (Bears at Soldier Field)

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Chicago Bears fans tailgate before a game at Soldier Field | Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images

Total cost: $261.50

  • Average ticket price: $87
  • Beer: $9.25
  • Soda: $5
  • Hot dog: $5
  • Parking: $49

Higher-than-average prices for tickets, beer, and parking all combine to make attending a Bears game an expensive proposition for fans.

3. Dallas (Cowboys at AT&T Stadium)

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A Dallas Cowboys fan poses outside AT&T Stadium | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Total cost: $268.28

  • Average ticket price: $77.64
  • Beer: $8.50
  • Soda: $5
  • Hot dog: $5.50
  • Parking: $75

Parking costs as much as a ticket to a game at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. At $75 per car, it’s the most expensive in the NFL.

2. San Francisco/San Jose (49ers at Levi’s Stadium)

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San Francisco 49ers fans at Levi’s Stadium | Don Feria/Getty Images

Total cost: $270.67

  • Average ticket price: $93.33
  • Beer: $10
  • Soda: $6
  • Hot dog: $6
  • Parking: $40

At $10 for a 16-ounce beer, drinking at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, is more expensive than at almost every other NFL stadium. Only Philadelphia Eagles fans pay more per ounce.

1. Washington, D.C. (Redskins at FedEx Field)

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A Washington Redskins fan | Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Total cost: $272.17

  • Average ticket price: $87.33
  • Beer: $9
  • Soda: $5
  • Hot dog: $6
  • Parking: $57.50

Redskins fans pay more to attend a game than supporters of any other NFL team. Everything from tickets to parking to beer is more expensive at FedEx field, even though the team hasn’t won a Super Bowl since 1992.

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