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Sep 17, 2017

Soldier Field Parking For Under $100

Patriots $610.21
Packers $172.79
Bears $170.02
Prices were recorded in late June 2017 and include all fees

The average cheapest preseason price for a #ChicagoBearsParkingPass was the 3rd-highest on the secondary market.

Offsite parking, anyone?

Find the #BestParkingNearSoldierField - including the #AdlerPlanetariumLot - for a fraction of the cost…

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Sep 17, 2017

How To Save On Gillette Stadium Parking

Cheap Gillette Stadium Parking Alternatives

A parking pass for the Patriots game or an iPad?

That’s right, a #GilletteStadiumParking pass on the secondary market will cost you just as much as an Apple iPad - including the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

The average preseason resale cost for “official” Patriots game day parking was $610. That’s an otherworldly amount, even for the five-time Super Bowl champs.

If you want to save hundreds of dollars…

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Sep 10, 2017

Watch NFL games online and save

Watch NFL games online anywhere...

Does it ever end? DirecTV raised prices by 9.3% this year.

As a result, subscribers will be paying $281.94 for a standard #NFLSundayTicket package, and $377.94 for Sunday Ticket Max.

Don't get priced out - there are other, much cheaper ways to get your weekly NFL fix…

Start Free Trial of NFL Game Pass!

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Sep 10, 2017

How much does it really cost to attend an NFL game?

Do you consider NFL games to be a major expense?

While some season ticket holders pay home loan type prices for personal seat licenses, most average fans probably don't think they spend that much of their salaries on NFL football, but in fact:

  • For most fans of 7 teams, a family of 4 will spend as much, or more, on a single game than the average U.S. resident does for a month's rent.
  • For 14 other teams, a family of 4 will spend as much, or more, on a single game than the average U.S. household does on their monthly food bill.

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Sep 04, 2017


Find your cheap NFL authentic jerseys
For many fans, the cost of an NFL jersey - $300 for a Nike Elite, $150 for a Limited, & $100 for a Game -- is just too much.

Price is the main reason why counterfeit jerseys are big business, but for NFL fans on a budget, there may finally be another way, thanks to Rep The Squad.

For $19.95 a month, you can rent…

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Sep 04, 2017

NFL Fan Real Cost Ratio

How much of your paycheck goes towards NFL games?

Here's what NFL fans around the U.S. spend on a single game:

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Sep 03, 2017

Offsite Parking vs. Stadium Parking

Stadium parking

  • Closer to the stadium (most of the time)
  • You can tailgate to your heart's content
  • You’re among thousands of fellow fans - it’s like a colossal block party
  • Unless you leave early, you have to deal with exit traffic gridlock

Offsite parking

  • Farther from the stadium
  • Tailgating may not be permitted
  • You get to avoid the stadium exit traffic
  • You can save a nice chunk of change…

Here are some examples of the money you’d save on average, if you went with the cheapest available offsite parking (less than a mile from the stadium), as opposed to the cheapest available stadium parking passes from an online ticket broker:

NY Giants at Dallas Cowboys Sep 10$90
Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers Sep 10$145
SF 49ers at Seattle Seahawks Sep 17$141
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins Sep 10$63
Minnesota Vikings at Pittsburgh Steelers Sep 17$106
Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears Sep 10$170 Click here, park anywhere

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Aug 27, 2017

Do service fees make a difference?

As expensive as NFL tickets are, they’re that much more on the secondary market.

Ticket brokers make a killing by setting prices that are way above face value, and to make things worse, they tack on service fees that can be as much as 25% of the ticket price.

In fact, the service fee has been abused to the point that the brokers who claim to not charge any, use it as a major selling point.

But is it a red herriing? Do the ticket brokers that forgo the extra charges simply compensate with higher ticket costs?

I compared the prices of 15 reseller web sites, 9 of which charge service fees, for 18 home openers for the upcoming 2017 NFL season.

The cheapest ticket available among the 9 sites with fees averaged $177.57 (fees included), while the average price for the 6 sites advertised as having no fees was $177.72.

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Aug 20, 2017

Cheap Tailgate Party Ideas

NFL fans typically spend about $198 per game on tailgating. How much do you spend?

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Aug 13, 2017

Is #NFL Stadium Parking Now A Luxury?

It sure seems that way. Everyone knows that NFL ticket prices on the secondary market are ridiculously high.

But maybe you didn’t know that the cost of parking for an NFL game is creeping into high-end territory.

Based upon the listings from 15 ticket broker sites from June-July 2017, the cheapest parking pass averaged $109 on the secondary market. In fact, there are 5 NFL stadiums where it will cost you more to park your car than it will for tickets to the game itself:

TeamAvg. Cheapest Parking Pass
Bears $170.02
Raiders $162.85
Browns $153.83
Saints $112.34

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Aug 06, 2017

What are the REAL costs for NFL fans?

According to, the Fan Cost Index (FCI) - or, the average cost for a family of four attending an NFL game, was $480.89 for the 2015 season.

The FCI is based upon the face value costs of game tickets and parking, so in reality, the above figure applies to a very small percentage of fans.

How small? Season ticket holders make up less than 1% of the estimated 160 million NFL fans in the U.S. Even if you account for those that are lucky and/or connected enough to get tickets for face value (or less), it still means that the vast majority of fans get theirs from online brokers.

#Real NFL fan costs are based on secondary market prices, and the figures will astound you…

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Jan 08, 2017

Going To Super Bowl LI? Don’t Get Ripped Off Twice!

If you have tickets for Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium, raise your hand if you’ve been called “lucky” at least once. Are you lucky? In a sense, yes, because most NFL fans will never, ever get to attend a Super Bowl.

But unless you were given the tickets or won them in a contest, then luck is less of a factor than the fact that you were willing & able to pay a premium. Besides, there’s nothing lucky about being ripped off.

Did I say “ripped off”? OK, maybe that’s a poor choice of words, but it’s what comes to mind when the cheapest ticket on the secondary market averages $4809.


Prices are as of Jan.8,2017 and are per seat (minimum purchase of 2)

Yep, at $4183, SeatGeek’s price is an absolute bargain, relatively speaking of course.

And then there’s the parking:

To be fair, this is simply supply & demand at work; the ticket brokers charge this much because they can.

And to be honest, while the parking pass price above is real, it represents the most expensive, and not the average price.

The best price I’ve seen for a Super Bowl LI parking pass is $84 at StubHub (all fees included) as of this writing. This is a great price, especially when you consider that parking for regular season games at AT&T Stadium is $75 at face value.

But why even pay that much? You’ve already spent thousands on tickets, don’t get ripped off again why not save big on parking?. For much, much, cheaper NRG Stadium parking options for Super Bowl LI, go here.

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