Football Price Index

The Real Cost of Being a Fan

At HomeToGo, we’re football fanatics and take pride in helping people find awesome gameday rentals for those big games. We created the 2017 Football Price Index to find out the cost of following each team for the 2017 regular season.

As the season just ended, we wondered just how close our predictions were…

• How much did fans have to spend to see their team win? 

• How much did each point cost? 

• Was your team worth the price?

In the Best & Worst Value Football Teams 2017 Index, find the price per point scored and the price per won games for each NFL team. To predict the total cost, we calculated how much an average fan would spend on following their team during regular season.

The total cost can be found in the Football Price Index. The index includes tickets, accommodation, transport, and game day snacks for each home and away game (for one person). The final ranking of the Football Price Index orders the teams from most expensive to least expensive.

The Best & Worst Value Football Teams 2017

Dollar Sign for the NFL team fans that paid the most dollars for a victory

$4,370.30Price of a winning game for a fan of Cleveland Browns.

Dollar Sign for the NFL team fans that paid the least dollars for a victory

$306.40Price of a winning game for a fan of Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dollar Sign for the NFL team fans that paid the most dollars per point scored

$22.96Cost per scored point for a fan of Arizona Cardinals.

Dollar Sign for the NFL team fans that paid the least dollars per point scored

$9.51Cost per scored point for a fan of New England Patriots.

Football Price Index 2017: Team Rankings

In August, we estimated the cost of following your team to each of their regular season games. See our predictions below!

Black Plane To Highlight the Distance Traveled by the NFL Teams

570,635 mi.Total distance the NFL teams will travel this season

Cheering Crowd in an NFL Game

$157,625.98 Total costs of 32 devoted fans (one for each team)

Dollar sign with an arrow pointing up to illustrate the most expensive team to support

$6,774.21Cost of being a fan of the Arizona Cardinals, the most expensive team to support

Dollar sign with an arrow pointing down to illustrate the cheapest team to support

$3,983.25Cost of being a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the least expensive team to support

Drawing of an NFL Stadium where two teams are playing against each other


This Season’s Winners & Losers of our Price Index


Who Had to Travel the Most?

The 32 different NFL teams traveled the country to try to become the Super Bowl champions.

The Los Angeles Rams traveled 32,704 miles, which is more than the Steelers, the Lions, the Bengals, and the Packers will travel combined!

Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers “only” needed to travel 6,860 miles to attend their team’s football games. In other words, the Los Angeles Rams traveled almost 5 times as many miles as the Steelers!

The impressive average that the NFL teams traveled this season is 17,832. Check how many miles each fans had to travel to attend all of their team’s games.

Infographic featuring the total distance each NFL team will travel during the 2017 NFL Regular Season


• The Los Angeles Rams will travel a total of 32,704 miles to their away games this season, which is higher than any other team in the NFL.

• The Pittsburgh Steelers will travel just 6,860 miles this season, which is less than any other team.

• The average distance that will be traveled this season is 17,832 miles.

Seven teams will travel more than once around the world this season: the Los Angeles Rams, the Arizona Cardinals, the Miami • Dolphins, the Oakland Raiders, the Los Angeles Chargers, the Seattle Seahawks and the Jacksonville Jaguars.


Most Affordable Gameday Housing


Most Expensive Gameday Housing


NFL fans attending their team’s away games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the Jacksonville Jaguars will be delighted to know that they will save on accommodation, as Tampa and Jacksonville in Florida are two of the cheapest destinations when it comes to accommodation prices.

Jacksonville is the cheapest city among the 30 cities hosting NFL games. The average price of a one night’s stay there is $129.

The second cheapest city is Baltimore, where the average price is $160 per night. The third cheapest city, Tampa, offers average nightly prices of $161.

Methodology

Total Price = Ticket Cost + Beer + Hot Dog + Transportation + Accommodation

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.


Additional information

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.