Well, despite the fact that New Orleans Saints tickets are below average in both face value and secondary market price…
The real cost index of $1068 for their fans in 2015 was 10th highest in the NFL.
But it gets worse. With a 2015 median household income of $48,342* that
ranked dead last among the 31 NFL cities, the real cost ratio (real cost index ÷ monthly income) of 28.72%
meant that fan expenses for New Orleans area residents were actually the 4th-highest.
*Based on latest available data from deptofnumbers.com.
If you’re on a budget then you should definitely refrain from eating & drinking inside the ‘Dome or at the adjacent Champions Square. This is not original thinking - the food & beer at just about every NFL stadium is inferior and more expensive than what you’d get outside the venue.
While this too is the case for Saints fans, there are so many places to eat and drink that are so close and so much cheaper that it puts the area around the Mercedes Benz Superdome in a whole ‘nother league.
Using beer again, as an example, there are as many sports bars within 2 miles of the Superdome as there is within the same distance of CenturyLink Field and Soldier Field combined. And the prices? Here’s a list of the NFL stadiums in 2016 with the most expensive beer, what a domestic draft brew costs inside the venue, and what you’re likely to pay at a nearby sports bar:
Po boys. The Roast Beef Po Boy inside the Superdome will cost you $12.50, the Shrimp Po Boy, $13. There are 6 spots within 1.3 miles where you can get a superior sandwich for less:
Jambalaya. Nothing says “N’Awlins” like jambalaya. Well, maybe also po’boys, crawfish, gumbo, & grilled alligator, but anyways… You can pay $12.75 at the `Dome's club level for jambalaya, or you can pay…
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Beer. Domestic beer at the ’Dome is $9.25 for a bottle, 10 bucks for a draft. Why bother?
Hurricane. This signature French Quarter cocktail costs $9.50 at the Superdome, but you can get it for…
Most of the places mentioned here are close to the ’Dome, but not that close. They’re not across the street, but most are within a mile or so - reasonable walking distance if you’re in shape. Pat O’Brien’s, for instance, is about 1.1 miles.
If that seems too long, let me present it this way: carrying an open container of alcohol is legal in New Orleans, so you can take your Hurricane, or whatever drink you damn please, along with you on your sight-filled stroll as you make your way to the game. Here’s what this walking tour would look like:
Daiquiri. Speaking of the daiquiris, here are 3 spots where you can get them for waaay cheaper:
Hotels. The average daily rate for a New Orleans hotel is $189, or 48% more than the 2017 national average. Fear not - here are 5 hotels near Mercedes Benz Superdome that are super close (less than a mile), super cheap (all are under $100), and super-bly rated (82 average).
* Rates are the average from 4 sites for a 1 night stay (12/17 - 12/18/17)
**Ratings are based upon cumulative scores from at least 3 of 4 sites (Expedia, hotels.com, booking.com, & Kayak) - a 3 (out of 5) rating on Expedia = 60, 7 (out of 10) rating on booking.com = 70.
Parking. (25) Parking passes for Saints games are 35 bucks at face value, but will usually cost 3 times as much on the secondary market. You can find 6 spots within a mile of the Mercedes Benz Superdome where you can find parking for the Saints 2017 home opener vs. the New England Patriots for under $17.
25 not enough? Here's 50 free things to do in New Orleans.
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