4 Ways Washington Redskins Fans
Can Save Big Bucks


How Washington Redskins fans can save money
By Kevin Coles [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Face value prices for Washington Redskins fans are among the highest in the sport:

Year Avg. Ticket Price (Rank) Parking (Rank) FCI (Rank)
2015 $102 (7) $57.50 (2) $597.51 (6)
2016 $119.52 (4) $57.50 (3) $657.58 (2)

Considering the team was coming off 4 and 9 win seasons, respectively, one can only shudder to think of what the prices would be if they won the Super Bowl.



And speaking of the Super Bowl, here are the face value prices for the team that’s won 2 of the last 3:

Year Avg. Ticket Price (Rank) Parking (Rank) FCI (Rank)
2015 $122 (2) $40 (5) $624.70 (4)
2016 $130.73 (2) $40 (6) $652.82 (3)
Source: teammarketing.com

Is it any wonder that Redskins fans feel like they’re being screwed?


4 money saving tips for Washington Redskins fans


Prices on the secondary ticket market are normally much higher than face value. How much higher? Using the New England Patriots again as an example, here’s how the two teams compare using Fan Cost Index (FCI) and Real Cost Index, which uses secondary market prices:

2015 Team Prices
Team FCI RCI Difference
New England Patriots $624.70 $1921.83 +308%
Washington Redskins $597.51 $847.26 +142%


So what am I saying? 'Skins fans, in most cases, are actually better off on the secondary market, where the prices become quite average:

Redskins Secondary Market Costs, 2015
Avg. Initial Ticket Price (Rank) Real Cost Index (Rank)
$200.46 (17) $847.26 (14)
Source: tiqiq.com


Ok, enough with the tables and numbers…

Here’s the bottom line: while the secondary market prices are average, they’re still more than face value, so you’re not really saving, unless of course, you follow these tips:

1) Wait before you buy tickets.  Everyone knows that NFL ticket prices generally drop as the season progresses, right? Here’s the 4-month difference (more tables? Sorry…) over a 6 year period:


Average Secondary Market Ticket Price, 4 Months Apart
 
Year Aug 1 Nov 30
2015 $134 $105
2014 $126 $91
2013 $167 $120
2012 $120 $149
2011 $130 $135
2010 $158 $118
6-yr. average $143 $119
Based on data from SeatGeek


One of the biggest influencing factors is the team’s success (or lack of), so the Redskins seven game winning streak to cap off the 2012 season explains the $29 increase. But look what happened in 2016:

How to save on Redskins tickets
Washington Redskins secondary market average ticket prices Aug.2016-Nov.2016


Despite a 6-4-1 record and a 46% chance of qualifying for the post-season at the end of November, secondary market ticket prices dropped below face value.

Ok, so how to save on Redskins tickets if you don’t want to wait 4 months? You comparison shop…


Ticket prices for Redskins home opener (Sep 10)
 
StubHub $114.00
RazorGator $112.50
VividSeats $108.75
TicketLiquidator $116.25
Coast to Coast $126.50
TicketCity $113.50
GoldCoast $131.60
TicketMonster $117.00
TickPick $105.00
TicketIQ $103.50
SeatGeek $119.00
Prices as of 6/10/17 are for the cheapest available, non-SRO tickets, minimum 2. Includes all fees

… and save about 13 bucks per ticket, or $52 for the proverbial family of 4.


2) Join the Hail BBQ Tailgate Party.  What the “hail” is this? It’s called. “forget-everything-else-because-you-won’t-top-this”. The Hail BBQ Crew are “regular fans” that host an open tailgate buffet prior to every home game, free of charge. Too good to be true? Well, they do ask for a donation of $10-$20 per person, but even if you double that, it’s a bargain -- just check out this menu featuring Krispy Kreme cheeseburgers(!) & Dizzy Pig(!?!) for the 12/19/16 game vs. the Carolina Panthers.


3) Find alternate parking.  You would think that $57.50 (face value) for a parking pass is bad enough, assuming you can even get one. But to add insult to well, insult, there’s a parking surcharge built in to the ticket price, whether you park at the stadium or not .

Where to park at Fedex Field and still save a few bucks? Well, the cheapest parking pass at this ticket reseller is going for an average of $77 (as of 6/16/17), which is about $23 less than the average of 10 other major sites.

But $77 is still more than $57.50, so if you want to pay even less, you can find offsite parking at a fraction of that cost right here.


4) Get Redskins live stream free. Already dealing with sky-high cable bills? Learn how to watch NFL football online for free.



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