The Most Expensive Place to Travel to See a Game in the NFL: Part II, The AFC

This post was posted by the chipmunk on Chipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on November 5, 2015.

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If you’re a football fan living in New England, times are good.

For 11 of the past 12 seasons, the Patriots have dominated the AFC Eastern division and vied as a contender in the playoffs. Fresh off of last year’s Super Bowl XXXVIII victory, they’re off to a dominant 6-0 start in 2015.

But this success comes with a dark side: it’s incredibly difficult to get a ticket to a home game!

For the truly committed fan, however, there is a simple hack you can employ to see your favorite team play: travel to an away game. While doing this is generally pretty pricey (the average flight/hotel/game ticket total falls between $400-$900), some teams are more affordable to see on the road than others.

Previously, we took at look at how much it costs to attend various NFC away games; here, we’ll focus on the AFC.

As a refresher, in our prior post, we used our data to calculate the cost of seeing your favorite NFL team on the road.

Our analysis included three cost factors: 1) The cost of hotels near a given NFL stadium for a night during football season; 2) The average cost of flying into the major airports closest to NFL stadiums during football season; and 3) The cost of getting a last-minute game ticket.

Using this data, we ranked all NFL teams from most to least expensive to see on the road. Far and away, the priciest place to see a game was Green Bay, Wisconsin, where a very good team and a huge fan base boosts not only ticket prices, but the cost of airfare and hotels during home game weeks.

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On this list, the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, is the most expensive place to visit in the AFC. Diving a little deeper into AFC teams only, let’s take a look at how they stack up against each other.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos, both perennial football powers, round out the top 3 most expensive places to see a road game in the AFC. While the Steelers have surprisingly affordable tickets ($105, compared to the Patriots’ $185 and Broncos’ $219), the average flight into the city is among the list’s most expensive. The Broncos, on the other hand, have the most expensive tickets on the list, yet the cheapest average hotels.

If you’re looking for the best deal on any AFC game, the Buffalo Bills are your best bet. With hotels averaging only $78 per night and tickets priced around $69, a trip to Ralph Wilson Stadium runs roughly $453 — more than $200 cheaper than seeing the Patriots.

So, what about your team in particular?

Below, we put together a table of remaining road games for every AFC team, along with the total estimated cost to attend each game. Games that are expensive (top 20% percentile) are in red, games that are relatively cheap (bottom 30%) are in green, and those that are “medium-affordable” (middle 50%) are in yellow:

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So, if you’re “cursed” by rooting for a team that is so successful it’s impossible to get a home ticket (we’re looking at you, Patriots fans), maybe you should try the road. Of course, if your team is doing really well right now, these prices could significantly escalate as the playoff race heats up. If you plan on taking a trip, it’s probably best to lock in your flights, hotels, and game tickets sooner rather than later.

Methodology: Hipmunk analyzed average nightly hotel prices at each stadium city location and average round trip airfare to nearest stadium airport during football season. Ticket prices were determined by analyzing the average prices of remaining away games starting in November, as provided by TiqIQ. Note that prices change daily depending on available inventory and in no way does Hipmunk guarantee the prices listed

#Hater by Cambria Hebert – Book Blitz

I’ve been devouring every football/sports romance I can get my hands on and this one moved to the top of the list. Plus, the cover is sooooo coooooool!!! – Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

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#Hater by Cambria Hebert

The Hastag Series #2

Genres:  Contemporary, New Adult Romance

Exclusive Excerpt from #Hater

Romeo caught me around the elbow and gently pulled me around. “What’s wrong?”

“You used to be just like him,” I blurted out. Then I slammed my lips together, cursing myself for not thinking before I spoke.

Romeo’s brows drew together. “Braeden?”

I nodded. “You liked to have fun. You hit on a different girl every day…” I paused and took a breath. “Pretty girls.”

Something very close to anger lit up his eyes and burned there like the hottest part of a flame. Before I could backpedal, his large hands slid beneath my arms and hooked beneath my shoulders. Romeo lifted me off the ground like it was easy, like it didn’t even take effort. My feet dangled in the air as he drew me up so we were eye to eye.

“A thousand of those girls”—he made a slight motion with his head toward Braeden—“couldn’t even make up one of you.”

“Romeo,” I whispered, caught up in the molten blue flame flickering in his gaze.

“You know I was like that once. I’ve never made a secret of it. But you’re it for me now, Rim. There’s no one else. There never could be.”

Even though he spoke softly, I still felt the room around us listening. My neck still prickled with a thousand stares, but I didn’t care. His words pierced me. They took the feelings of doubt creeping up inside me and totally vanquished them.

I smiled and something in his eyes relaxed. Worry I hadn’t seen until that moment disappeared. He gave me one of his oh so charming lopsided smiles and pulled me closer to kiss me.

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 Author Bio:  

Cambria Hebert is a bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: Text, Torch, Tryst, Masquerade, and Recalled.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

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Cover Reveal – All Broke Down by @CoraCarmack

We are so excited to get to share the cover for Cora Carmack’s ALL BROKE DOWN today! A New Adult Contemporary Romance, and published by William Morrow-an imprint of HarperCollins, this is the second book in her Rusk University Series, and it is set to be released on October 28, 2014! But you can pre-order it NOW! Check out what it’s about and then fall in love with this gorgeous cover!

ABOUT ALL BROKE DOWN:

In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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V – Victory Park

a-to-z-letters-vVictory is a fairly new area in downtown Dallas.  It was a project to revitalize the downtown area. It began with the American Airlines Arena and off of that they build the W Hotel and several high rise condo’s.  In the center of it all is Victory Plaza.

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My top 10 things to do list in Victory Park:

  1. Catch a game – Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavericks play in the Double AC (that’s what the locals call it).
  2. See a concert at the House of Blues.
  3. Experience New Years Eve, I’ve heard it’s like Time Square, but with fewer people.
  4. Go to the Bliss Spa in the W Hotel
  5. Have drinks at Dick’s Last Resort
  6. Have a buffalo chicken sandwich and curly fries at Hooter’s
  7. Hike the Katy Trail
  8. Have a margarita at Luna De Noche
  9. Check out the music memorabilia at the Hard Rock Cafe
  10. Watch a 1310 The Ticket Broadcast – 1310 The Ticket was the first all sport radio station in the US.  They have been on the air since 1994 and have a line up of guys, most who have been with the station since it’s inception.  If you listen to them for the first time, you wonder why it’s a sports station, but keep listening and you will get it.
The Show and it’s characters: 
The Musers – George Dunham aka Jub Jub, Craig Miller, aka Junior, Gordon Keith aka The Great Gordo 
Can’t Miss Segment:  Muse in the News, the Fake Jerry Jones and the Fake Tiger Woods
The Norm Hitzges Show – Norm Hitzges is a local legend
Bad Radio – Bob Sturm, Dan McDowell and Donovan Lewis
Can’t Miss Segment:  Gay Not Gay and any story Dan tells about he and his wife’s sex life. 
The Hardline – Mike Rhyner aka The Old Grey Wolf & Corby Davidson aka the snake
Can’t Miss Segment – Entertainment News for You, What’s on Mike’s Mind and Community Quick Hits
 
I laugh out loud all day listening to them.

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Giants Win, Giants Win

You may or may not know this about me, but I am a die hard Cowboys fan. Period. I have no conference allegiance. Everyone in the NFC East is my enemy and they are lucky to get the opportunity to play us every season twice. I have loved the Cowboys thru the 1 – 15 season, three Superbowls and now the 1 playoff game in I don’t know how many years and still I am Cowboy Blue, through and through.

So, when I tell you that I was cheering for the Giants on Sunday. There must be a good reason. I cheered for the Giants because, . . . I can’t stand Tom Brady.

No way in the world should Tom Brady get more rings then Troy and Emmitt. He is lucky to have the three that he has. It is just mind boggling that he has been as successful as he has. In my oppinion, he didn’t work hard enough for it. He got the position off of an injury and had great players around him. And still, no one talks about them, they just talk about Brady and his supermodel wife. It is annoying.

So, I was a Giants fan for 4 hours on Sunday and am very happy with the results. 21 – 17, in Indianapolis. Eli Manning – MVP.

Madonna, LMFAO, Nicki Minja, MIA did the half time show. It looked really cool.

One interesting tidbit that I think shows why some women should not be allowed to be NFL player wives. There is a report trending now about how some fan yelled to Giselle after the game, “Manning owns Brady.” in which she replied, “My husband can’t throw AND catch the f—king ball. Someone needs to make a catch.” Nice Giselle. Kick the team and cause tension in the locker room. Smooth.