What you need to know before you buy NFL season tickets
During football season, fans across the country think about where they’ll be for game days. If you’re one of the many considering buying season tickets, there are some things you’ll want to keep in mind.
Your team’s success matters
The price of tickets largely depends on the popularity of particular teams and match ups. The most popular teams, or the ones on a winning streak, will most likely be more expensive than teams that haven’t been doing so hot, CNBC reported. This means that while season ticket holders will pay more upfront, their per-ticket cost could be lower than fans who purchase individual tickets when game prices continue to rise.
This is an important fact to think about before you make the decision to buy season tickets. While you may believe your team is headed for the Super Bowl this year, it’s a good idea to be realistic about their chances. It may be a better deal to buy individual tickets from places like StubHub or SeatGeek.
“Buying season tickets is an investment in how you think your team is going to do that season,” Clint Cutchins, an analyst at SeatGeek, told CNBC. “If you think you’re in for a down year, it’s probably better to hold off and buy tickets on the secondary market.”
One example seen this year could be the San Francisco 49ers. Though some high-end tickets are going for several hundred dollars, or more, there are plenty that are in the $30 range. For instance, as of mid-August, tickets to the Dec. 11 game against the Jets could be purchased for as low as $29. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, season ticket holders are paying closer to $85 per game. In this instance, you’d want to think carefully before investing in season tickets.
The same can’t exactly be said for last year’s Super Bowl winner, the Seattle Seahawks. Season ticket holders can stand to save as much as $2,000 by buying in advance, according to CNBC.
You may have to wait
Some teams’ season tickets are so popular, there simply isn’t enough supply for the demand. The Green Bay Packers famously have an extraordinarily long wait list, for example. According to the team’s official site, they’ve been sold out of season tickets since 1960. You can put your name on the list by mailing in a simple form and, every year, you’ll receive a postcard notifying you of your place in line.
The New England Patriots have also been accumulating names for their waitlist for many years. They’ve been sold out of season tickets since 1994. However, season ticket holders who can’t make it to a game have the option of posting their ticket to the Patriot Ticket Exchange, available only to other season ticket holders and those on the waitlist.
Season tickets come with perks
Though it’s true that it’s difficult to find season tickets for some teams like the Packers and the Patriots, it used to be much harder for many more teams across the league. However, MainStreet explained that the recession a few years ago inspired many people to give up their season ticket memberships and, with it, their seats.
To entice people to keep their memberships and to bring in new members, teams added more benefits to the purchase of season tickets. For example, Chicago Bears season ticket holders can join a private fantasy football league, and Patriot season ticket holders are invited to a draft preview party. Many teams invite season ticket holders to meet-and-greet events with the players and coaches.
All NFL season ticket holders, regardless of team affiliation, also have access to several benefits, such as NFL Redzone, which allows members to watch Sunday games for free from their smartphones, and a 15 percent discount to the NFL online shop.
Depending on who you’re rooting for, season tickets may be a way to save money and enjoy some additional perks you may not get otherwise.