For many of us, NFL football is more than just a sport…
It’s an escape from the day-to-day drudgery…
One of life’s simple pleasures in an often complicated world.
But the league’s high-and-rising prices have slowly but surely turned its followers into what I call, “passive fans“. Passive fans rarely or never go to games, while active fans not only do, they turn it into an all day (weekend?) event.
While better and cheaper technology has allowed people to watch a game from the comfort of their homes on TVs that are big enough to melt retinas, I believe that the majority would rather be active fans - if only they could afford it. Which leads me to…
As stories go, mine isn’t much, but it could easily be your story, or the story of any NFL fan.
As a lifelong NY Jets fan, I normally went to one, sometimes two, games per season. Tickets were easy to get and relatively cheap. I was usually able to get a ticket and a parking pass from an online broker for $80-$90.
And although I attended games on a regular basis, I considered myself to be a passive fan, because I would arrive a few minutes early and then - in order to beat the traffic - leave before the end of the 4th quarter.
Well this all changed in 2010. After experiencing a full-blown tailgate party for the first time, I was hooked. Not only did I want tailgate before the game, I wanted to do it post-game as well, while other
suckers fans suffered in gridlock. I also wanted to see more games.
But by the following season, NFL ticket prices for Jets games were at an all-time high. The increase began with the arrival of Brett Favre in 2008 and steadily rose after 3 straight winning seasons and 2 consecutive playoff berths. The tab for the first game I went to was $175.
But I was really getting into the whole “game day experience” thing. I wanted more, not less. But the prices!? For a lot of fans, myself included, spending nearly $200 or so for one game isn’t too bad, but 2 games at that rate is pushing it. Three games? Fuhgeddaboudit.
After channeling my inner Yoda (“Determined to be an active fan, I was.”), I found that I had more options than I thought. But no longer could I simply make a quick purchase on StubHub.
It took time, effort, & some compromises, but in 2011 I was able to attend 3 games at a total combined cost of $430 (not bad, considering that the Jets tickets were the most expensive of all teams at that point). Total savings? About 200 bucks, and I had an unbelievable time. I could have spent even less and still would have had a great (as opposed to “unbelievable”) time.
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