Not by NFL standards, anyway.
And not according to recent ticket price data: the 2016 average initial price for a ticket to a Ravens home game ranked 16th and 12th, according to TicketIQ & SeatGeek, respectively.
With middle of the pack resale ticket prices, overall game day expenses at the Ravens stadium should be comparatively sane… or so you would think.
Yes, every NFL stadium has its peripheral costs, which makes the entire game day experience both amazing and expensive. In that regard, M&T Bank Stadium is no different, but at the same time, unique.
In most NFL cities, your additional costs may equal, but usually not exceed the price you paid for a ticket on the secondary market. At the Ravens stadium however, it’s far too easy to spend well beyond that amount.
What makes this stadium so special?
Simply put, more options = more ways to overspend, and so what makes this place one of the better stadium experiences also makes it potentially more expensive.
If you’re a local resident, then you don’t need to revisit the nearby attractions, you know what tourist traps to avoid - been there, done that. You know how to minimize your costs, so that even after gorging on an $18 Tailgate Burger, you spend under $125 when all is said & done.
But for you visitors, out-of-towners, & new residents, consider these…
Parking. Being in downtown Baltimore has its advantages, but this is not one of them. Street parking is scarce, Ravens parking passes often go for more than double the $40 face value price online, and private lots overcharge for event parking.
Attractions. It’s all about the game, right? Baltimore is such a beautiful city with so many things to do nearby that even hardcore fans will find it hard to resist the temptation to explore.
Stadium food. M&T Bank Stadium is one of the better NFL venues when it comes to food quality and choices, with no less than 10 high end food vendors or concessions (MetLife Stadium, by comparison, has 5). I define high end as a single item that costs at least 3 times as much as your basic hot dog, which in this case is $3.
|Sep 10||Bengals||1:00 PM||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Sep 17||Browns||1:00 PM||M&T Bank Stadium|
|Sep 24||Jaguars||9:30 AM||Wembley Stadium|
|Oct 1||Steelers||1:00 PM|
|Oct 8||Raiders||4:05 PM||Oakland Coliseum|
|Oct 15||Bears||1:00 PM|
|Oct 22||Vikings||1:00 PM||US Bank Stadium|
|Oct 26||Dolphins||8:25 PM|
|Nov 5||Titans||1:00 PM||Nissan Stadium|
|Nov 19||Packers||1:00 PM||Lambeau Field|
|Nov 27||Texans||8:30 PM|
|Dec 3||Lions||1:00 PM|
|Dec 10||Steelers||8:30 PM||Heinz Field|
|Dec 17||Browns||1:00 PM||FirstEnergy Stadium|
|Dec 23||Colts||4:30 PM|
|Dec 31||Bengals||1:00 PM|
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Is there a bang-for-your-buck place (sports bar, restaurant, local attraction) near M&T Bank Stadium that you can recommend? It can be from the map above or you can add your own.
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