We calculated how much it would cost to be an NFL fan for the whole season. To achieve this, we looked at five price factors: the ticket price of every home and away game, the cost of a beer at every home and away game, the cost of a hot dog at every home and away game, the cost of transportation to away games, and the cost of accommodation at away games. More information on how we calculated each factor is listed below.
We included all 32 NFL teams in the price index. The total price is the sum of the five price factors. All prices are in USD, and the research was conducted in August 2017.
Ticket Price: We added up how much it would cost to buy a ticket for every home and away game in the NFL season for one person, taking into account the differences in ticket price from stadium to stadium. The data was supplied by Statista.*
Beer Price: This factors in the cost of buying one small draft beer at every home and away game, taking into account that the price of beer varies from stadium to stadium. The data was supplied by Statista.**
Hot Dog Price: We looked at the price of buying one hot dog at every home and away game for the entire season, taking into account that the price of hot dogs is different depending on the stadium. The data was supplied by Statista.***
Transportation: Each team has to play away games during the course of the season, and so we included the cost of travel to the away team for one person.
For journeys to away games that take less than 5 hours to drive, we calculated the cost of driving (including gas and tolls, not including car rental) for a return trip using a 2016 Toyota Camry, 6-speed 3.5L. We used leading online applications to calculate the cost of each journey, based upon gas and toll prices as of August 9th, 2017.
For journeys to away games that take more than 5 hours to drive, we calculated the cost of a return flight to and from the away game. For games kicking off at lunchtime, we looked at outbound flights arriving the night before the game, and return flights departing in the evening after the game. For games kicking off in the mid or late afternoon, we looked at outbound flights arriving in the morning of game day, and return flights departing on the day following the game.
A leading online flight price aggregator that compares the price of flying with all major US airlines was used to calculate the price of flying to away games. Direct flights were selected when available. The prices were calculated on August 9th, 2017.
Accommodation: For away games located more than 5 hours drive away, we looked at the cost of one night’s stay in a HomeToGo vacation rental in that city. For games played at midday, we looked at the price of accommodation for the night before the game. For games played in the mid or late afternoon, we looked at the price of accommodation for the night after the game.
We looked at all the available accommodation options in the away cities, and then calculated an average price for a one night stay for the respective date. The overall Accommodation Price is the total amount that would be spent on vacation rentals in away cities over the course of the NFL season.
*Ticket prices for every individual game were chosen instead of the cost of season tickets, because of the lack of available season tickets for most teams. The ticket price data was from the 2016 season and is available here.
**The beer price data is from the 2016 season and is available here.
***The hot dog price data is from the 2016 season and is available here.
It should be noted that four NFL games in the 2017 season will be played in London, UK. This was factored in when calculating the ticket price, beer price, hot dog price, transportation price, and accommodation price for those teams who will play a game in London.