The average face value cost of a New Orleans Saints home game ticket has been below average for the past 2 seasons, ranking 16th ($91.25) in 2016 & 15th ($84.87) the year before1.
Resale prices were even more fan-friendly, as the initial secondary market ticket cost was 20% below average in 2016 and 9% below in 20152.
But appearances can be deceiving.
After all, there’s more to game day expenses than just ticket prices. Take beer, for instance. -- the New Orleans Superdome had the 5th highest beer price last season.
Then there’s the regional salary bias. In 2015, the average initial resale price of $193.02 for a Saints ticket was 19th-highest, but the weekly median income of $929.67 for New Orleans area residents was dead last among the 31 NFL cities.
The bottom line? If you’re a local, it took 20.76% of your paycheck to buy a single ticket, a figure which ranked 10th highest that year. And even if you earn more than the average resident, there are so many food choices that, should you choose to indulge, will give your wallet a run for its money.
If you’re on a budget then you should definitely refrain from eating & drinking inside the ‘Dome or at the adjacent Champions Square. This is not original thinking - the food & beer at just about every NFL stadium is inferior and more expensive than what you’d get outside the venue.
While this too is the case in New Orleans, there are so many places to eat and drink that are so close and so much cheaper that it puts the area around the Mercedes Benz Superdome in a whole ‘nother league.
Using beer again, as an example, there are as many sports bars within 2 miles of the Superdome as there is within the same distance of CenturyLink Field and Soldier Field combined. And the prices? Here’s a list of the NFL stadiums in 2016 with the most expensive beer, what a domestic draft brew costs inside the venue, and what you’re likely to pay at a nearby sports bar:
Po boys. The Roast Beef Po Boy inside the Superdome will cost you $12.50, the Shrimp Po Boy, $13. There are 6 spots within 1.3 miles where you can get a superior sandwich for less:
Jambalaya. Nothing says “N’Awlins” like jambalaya. Well, maybe also po’boys, crawfish, gumbo, & grilled alligator, but anyways… You can pay $12.75 at the `Dome's club level for jambalaya, or you can pay…
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Beer. Domestic beer at the `Dome is $9.25 for a bottle, 10 bucks for a draft. Why bother?
Hurricane. This signature French Quarter cocktail costs $9.50 at the Superdome, but you can get it for…
Most of the places mentioned here are close to the Superdome, but not that close. They’re not across the street, but most are within a mile or so - reasonable walking distance if you’re in shape. Pat O’Brien’s, for instance, is about 1.1 miles.
If that seems too long, let me present it this way: carrying an open container of alcohol is legal in New Orleans, so you can take your Hurricane, or whatever drink you damn please, along with you on your sight-filled stroll as you make your way to the game. Here’s what this walking tour would look like:
Daiquiri. Speaking of the daiquiris, here are 3 spots where you can get them for waaay cheaper:
Parking. (20-25) Parking passes for Saints games are 35 bucks at face value, but will usually cost 2-3 times as much on the secondary market. You can find 6 spots within a mile of the Mercedes Benz Superdome where you can find parking for the Saints 2017 home opener vs. the New England Patriots for under $17.
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|Sep 11||Vikings||7:10 PM||US Bank Stadium|
|Sep 17||Patriots||1:00 PM||Mercedes Benz Superdome|
|Sep 24||Panthers||1:00 PM||Bank of America Stadium|
|Oct 1||Dolphins||9:30 AM||Wembley Stadium|
|Oct 15||Lions||1:00 PM|
|Oct 22||Packers||1:00 PM||Lambeau Field|
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|Dec 7||Falcons||8:25 PM||Mercedes Benz Stadium|
|Dec 17||Jets||1:00 PM|
|Dec 24||Falcons||1:00 PM|
|Dec 31||Buccaneers||1:00 PM||Raymond James Stadium|
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