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Are You A Pittsburgh Steelers Fan
On A Budget?

How Pittsburgh Steelers fans can save money
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If not, you may want to reconsider…

Here are some of the costs the average Pittsburgh Steelers fan must face:

  • $1079 - real cost index for 2015¹ (9th-highest)

  • 26% - real cost ratio (real cost index ÷ monthly income) for 2015¹ (7th)

  • $353 - average initial resale ticket price for 2017² (7th)

  • $114 - cheapest average resale cost for parking at Heinz Field (9th)

Scary, no? Especially when you consider that the 2015 monthly median household income of $4160¹ in Pittsburgh ranked 25th among the 31 NFL cities.

So if you’re a Pittsburgh Steelers fan & want to save a few bucks…

Get Steelers tickets for less.   As you can see, Steelers home games can be pricey. But if you’re willing to wait until the last minute, you can lop nearly one-third off the going cost. According to SeatGeek, over the past five years fans who purchased Pittsburgh Steelers tickets the week of the game saved 32% compared to those who bought tickets a month or more out from the game.

It also pays to comparison shop, as you can save $13 bucks per ticket on the get-in price for the Steelers 2017 home opener:

Coast To
$162 $158 $160 $161 $180 $159 $179 $170 $153 $161 $156

Cheap food near Heinz Field. At Buckhead Saloon you can get a 1/2-lb burger for $9.95, or a generous-sized hoagie, brisket, or Reuben sandwich for $12.95. Why Buckhead Saloon, you ask? It’s located down the block from the Station Square East garage, where it’ll cost you just $10 to park you car. From there, you can ride the T line shuttle to the stadium for free.

Since stadium regulations permit you to bring your own food, stop by one of the nearby Primanti Bros. nearby where you can get one of their iconic sandwiches for less than the price of nachos or popcorn at Heinz Field. While there is a Primanti Bros. inside the stadium, but it doesn’t offer the promotions & discounts that the outside locations do.

Cheap beer. Buckhead Saloon offers daily drink specials, most notably to NFL fans is the $10 bottomless Mimosas and $3 domestic draft beers on Sundays.

Or, for $21 ($15 round-trip fare + $6 parking at the 24 St. garage) - which is about half the face value cost of a stadium parking pass - you can take the Pittsburgh Water Limo, where the beer is $3 and cocktails or wine is $6.

Tailgate Sailgate. For $85, you can join a “sailgate” party aboard a luxury yacht. What do you get?

  • Beer/wine,
  • All you can eat buffet,
  • A short scenic cruise,
  • Bar with flat-screen TVs, aaaand…
  • An autograph & photo opportunity with a Steeler legend.

This is really not a bad deal, especially when you consider that you can easily spend just as much or more, hosting your own medium size tailgate party.

Parking. There are over 20,000 additional parking spaces provided by the parking authority garages throughout downtown Pittsburgh. With all of these spaces, you’d think that you wouldn’t have to pay a ridiculous amount for a parking pass online, right?

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