Money Saving Do’s & Don’ts For
New England Patriots Fans

New England Patriots Fans

Here are some of the costs that New England Patriots fans face:

  • $441 - 5-year average initial resale ticket price (2013-2017), highest in the NFL1

  • $618 - Average initial resale ticket price for 2017, which is $130 more than the next-highest1

  • $1922 - Real cost index for 2015, which was $374 more than the next highest figure

  • 32% - How much of monthly median income is used for the real cost index, 2nd highest in 20152

  • $610 - Average cheapest price for a Patriots parking pass online



Such is the price of success…

To give you an idea of the gap in expenses between fan bases, it would have required a 67% raise, or a $121K yearly salary for a Pats fan in 2015 to have an average real cost ratio (real cost index ÷ monthly income).

What is the average Patriots fan to do? Well, instead of looking for bargains that don’t exist, your best bet may be to steer clear of “options” that simply aren’t worth your money.

3 things New England Patriots fans should avoid

1. Ace Ticket (   Is this ticket broker Boston based? Yes. Are they the “Official Fan Travel Partner of the New England Patriots”? Yes. Will they save you money? Uh-uh.

Cheap Seat Resale Ticket Prices for Patriots vs. Jets Dec. 24
Coast to
$157 $243 $171 $152 $174 $167 $178 $162 $148 $183 $147 $155
Prices are per ticket based upon a purchase of 2 as of Dec. 24 820 AM EST

At one point, Ace Ticket may have been the local broker where you could get Pats tickets relatively cheap, but that doesn’t appear to be the case now. You’d think that a company that once billed itself as “your local source for last minute Patriots tickets” would offer competitive pricing 5 hours before kickoff, but the $183 it was charging was $36 more than the lowest price.

2. Patriot Place/Stadium parking.   Yes, a negative two-fer. If you don’t know any better you’ll be tempted to take advantage of the free parking at Patriot Place, but it’s not for game goers. They’re quite strict on that, so if you think that you can simply make a purchase at one of the shops and stick the receipt on the dashboard, you’re liable to end up with a fine and/or a towed vehicle.

There is a dearth of privately-owned parking lots around Gillette Stadium, and perhaps as a result, parking passes can easily go for $100, even 2 or 3 times that, on ticket broker sites.

If you want to save some money, the best place to park at Gillette Stadium is anywhere outside of it. Here are some offsite parking alternatives that are way, way cheaper.

3. Patriots Tailgate ( Scene.  For fans that love tailgating but hate organizing or hosting, fan-organized tailgate parties are a godsend, and more often than not, exceptional values. Big Blue BBQ (NY Giants, $40) and Hail BBQ Crew (Redskins, free) provide two such examples. What do the Patriots offer? The “Executive Special” for $149, which is the cheapest package, and does not include the $50 parking fee. Hmmm… instead, why not share a slice with Peter Carbone, Richie Caturano, & Mark Allara? They’re three guys that haul a wood-fired pizza oven to the Gillette Stadium parking lot before every home game and serve up gourmet pizzas.

Then again, if your idea of a pregame tailgate party is getting together with friends at a nearby sports bar, there’s nothing wrong with that. The only problem is - you guessed it - the lack of such places near Gillette Stadium. Fenway Park, with its plethora of top notch jock joints, this is not.

3 things New England Patriots fans should avoid if they want to save money
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CBS Scene is one such place. It provides decent value, is super convenient (it’s located at Patriot Place), and of course there’s the humongous TV screens, so I’m not exactly suggesting that this is a place to avoid. It’s just that, as far as sports bars go, you can do so much better. And speaking of Fenway Park, it may be 50 miles away, but that’s why there’s a rail service.

So if you want to visit some of the nation’s best sports bars, there are several several - Bleacher Bar, Game On!, & Cask’n Flagon - to name a few, within 4 miles of MBTA’s South Station in Boston, where for less than the price of a stadium parking pass, you can park ($25) and ride ($20), and as an added bonus, you get to avoid driving in some truly ridiculous traffic.

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