Some facts that may interest you:
The reality though is that the Bears finished the 2015 season with a 6-10 record, and while the median Chicago yearly household income of $63,153 is above the national average, it is merely middle-of-the-pack when compared amongst NFL cities.
And so, the average cost for a Bears home game at Soldier Field at the start of the 2015 season represented 26.54% of the typical Chicago weekly household income, a figure that's 4th-highest in the NFL.
Here’s what it comes down to - being a fan of Da Bears is neither easy nor cheap, so here are…
Secondary market ticket prices are of course based upon demand, and two of the biggest factors that influence that demand are team success/performance, and weather. And since the majority of NFL teams don’t make the playoffs and don’t have domed stadiums, it’s a fact that collectively, resale ticket prices always decrease as the season wears on.
You should try: Waiting before you buy tickets. On the whole this is not original strategy, but in the Bears case it’s a good - and safe, idea:
The column on the right is the change in resale ticket prices from the start of the regular season to the end.
Predictably, the only 2 instances that the prices rose was the only 2 winning seasons on the list. But even then, the increase was no more than 7%, while prices dropped as much as 57% for the other seasons.
Why is this? My guess is that their resale ticket prices at the start of the season are not only high, they’re oddly high. Teams that had the top 5 initial secondary market ticket costs for 2016 according to TicketIQ, along with their won-loss record for the previous season:
Like I said, odd. The Bears were the only top 5 team to not make it to the post season and have a losing record. And this is not a one-year oddity, either -- their initial resale prices have been among the top five for the last four years. The average record for the Bears over that period is 7-9. The other 15 teams? 11-5.
Basically it seems that the Bears home game ticket prices are so high at the onset that there is more room to go down than there is to go up.
Avoid like the plague: Packers games. Sure, the Bears vs. Packers is one of the most historical rivalries in all of sports, but is it worth the cost? In 2014, the average ticket price for the week 4 game against the Packers at Soldier Field at one point was a mind-blowing, eye-popping $666.
Soldier Field parking passes are $49 at face value, and can easily go for 2-3 times as much second hand.
You should try:
Avoid like the plague: Buying parking passes from an online ticket broker. Like I said, they can typically charge $100 or more.
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Avoid like the plague: The Arena Club’s The Kickoff Tailgate Party. Ok, maybe not like the plague. And $59 ($79 for full bar upgrade) for this “high end” tailgate package isn’t all that bad. But this is something to consider if you’re hosting a corporate party or you want to impress someone, not if you have a budget to stick to.
As a service to fellow Chicago Bears fans, won't you please review some of the places mentioned above? Or you can add your own, either by commenting here or editing the map.
|Sep 10||Falcons||1:00 PM||Soldier Field|
|Sep 17||Buccaneers||1:00 PM||Raymond James Stadium|
|Sep 24||Steelers||1:00 PM|
|Sep 28||Packers||8:25 PM||Lambeau Field|
|Oct 9||Vikings||8:30 PM|
|Oct 15||Ravens||1:00 PM||M&T Bank Stadium|
|Oct 22||Panthers||1:00 PM|
|Oct 29||Saints||1:00 PM||Mercedes Benz Superdome|
|Nov 12||Packers||1:00 PM|
|Nov 19||Lions||1:00 PM|
|Nov 26||Eagles||1:00 PM||Lincoln Financial Field|
|Dec 3||49ers||1:00 PM|
|Dec 10||Bengals||1:00 PM||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Dec 16||Lions||4:30 PM||Ford Field|
|Dec 24||Browns||1:00 PM|
|Dec 31||Vikings||1:00 PM||US Bank Stadium|
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