NFL tickets for less?
Cheap NFL tickets??
This is what NFL fans look far and nigh for, and with good reason:
The average cost of a game ticket has increased by 18.6% over the last 5 years, and that’s only the face value price. Get a load of the secondary market costs:
While the upward trend isn’t as pronounced, the average initial resale price in 2017 is 34.9% higher than it was in 2013.
Thirty-five percent!! If other things went up in price by that much, you’d now be paying…
Ok, so NFL ticket prices are really, really, high - this much we already know. But there are things you may not - but should know, if you’re serious about saving money…
1) Resale ticket prices are always changing. Factors such as team standing, opponent, and weather can cause prices on the secondary market to fluctuate wildly over the course of a 16-game season.
2) Secondary market ticket prices are fixed. You buy a ticket, it’s yours to do, or sell, as you wish… you know, free market and all, right? Wrong. For certain teams, the NFL TicketExchange prevents a ticket from being sold below the face value, thereby setting a price floor, but not a ceiling (of course).
3) Season tickets (might be) a good value. If you already attend several games a year and you’re able to share the cost with 1 or 2 people, then this could be the cheapest (per game) solution & best value. I reiterate, it could be, if we’re talking about one of the 19 teams that sell season passes for $500 or less.
But, what if one of those 19 is also one of the 17 teams that require a PSL (Personal Seat License). PSLs can
cost anywhere from several hundred to several thousands of dollars - even tens of thousands. And that’s
not all - 16 teams have waiting lists of up to 30 years.*
To sum it up, there are just nine NFL teams that sell season tickets for under $500 that don’t require a PSL and don’t have a waiting list. So if you’re a avid fan of one of these teams, then yes, a season pass could be well worth the money.
4) It’s almost impossible to buy tickets at face value. Mind you, I’m not referring to meaningless late-season contests between losing teams, I’m talking about the games that create buyer frenzies, such as the Green Bay at Denver matchup of the 2015 season, where the cheapest pair of seats went for $405 on the secondary market.
If you think that you can get face value NFL tickets and bypass the resale market by buying directly from the a club’s box office, you’re delusional, and here’s why.
5) NFL tickets are commodities. Just like gold, the price is the price. Any difference in what you pay comes from the seller… because while commodities are all the same, brokers are not. And just how do ticket brokers ultimately control the final selling price?
You guessed it -- service fees.
So if you think that this might be the key to saving money on tickets, you could be right. Keep on reading to find out if you can actually get cheap NFL tickets without service fees.
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