The Most Expensive Place to Travel and See a Game in the NFL: Part 1, The NFC

This post was posted by thehipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on November 5, 2015.

iStock_000048998898_XXXLarge-945x630Each NFL team only plays 16 games per year, half on the road. That means there are only eight chances to root for your team on your home turf. Surely, you’d need more money than common sense to fly to see you favorite team on the road. That would be insanely expensive, even for a rabid football fan. Or would it?

“I’m from Philly and was born an Eagles fan,” said Mike Whitworth, Hipmunk’s senior manager of media sales and operations.”It’s a birthright.”

And so when his dad said that he had box seats to the Week 4 Eagles-Redskins game at FedEx stadium, he took a long weekend and hopped on a plane out of San Francisco and headed to DC.

That got us thinking: We decided to run the numbers to see how affordable it is to jump on a plane, book a hotel, and buy a game ticket to see your favorite football team on the road. In short, none of these options are particularly cheap— attending an away game ranges from $400-$900, depending on the team. But hey, if you’re a superfan it might just be worth the extra cost to you!

Let’s break it down:

For each team in the NFL, we calculated a few things that a prospective roadtripper might want to know.

First, we used our data to see how much it costs to stay at a hotel near a given NFL stadium for a night during football season. For example, the San Francisco 49ers stadium is in Santa Clara, which is about a 90-minute drive from San Francisco. As we didn’t look at bedroom communities of larger cities, it follows that we looked only at hotels specifically near Santa Clara—not San Francisco or the surrounding area.

Next, we looked at the average cost of flying into the major airports closest to NFL stadiums during football season. For this analysis, we assume you’re going on an epic trip involving a flight.

Finally, we analyzed the cost of getting a last-minute game ticket. Using data provided to Hipmunk from TiqIQ, we calculated the average cost of the buying the cheapest ticket over the remaining home games for each stadium. At some stadiums, a “nose-bleed” ticket can be had for as little as $30; at others, the absolute cheapest ticket runs around $200, and the “average” available seat might be $400!

All things considered, let’s take a look at the most expensive NFL teams to see on the road.


By far, the most expensive place to see a road game in the NFL is in Green Bay, Wisconsin, home of the Packers. Averaging $220, Packers tickets are the most expensive in the game, partly because the team is so good, and partly because the local fans are so die-hard. With flights averaging $519, it is also the most expensive NFL city to fly to, in addition to having the second most expensive hotels ($171 per night).

The Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants in East Rutherford, NJ, trail distantly as the second and third most expensive road game teams, respectively.

But say you’re already in town visiting family, have a place to stay, and your home team happens to be playing on the road. Let’s take a look at how these teams rank solely based on average ticket price over the season’s remaining games. (Note: we don’t include the cost of beer or parking, which can be quite a large additional expense.)


Only three NFL teams surpass an average ticket price of $200: the Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, and Seattle Seahawks. And keep in mind that these are the lower-end tickets!

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Kansas City Chiefs tickets can be shockingly cheap, averaging $26 for entry level tickets. Tickets for Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titans games can all be had for under $40 as well.

Deep Dive, the NFC

Until this point, we’ve focused on the NFL as a whole. Now, we’d like to get a bit more specific, and take a closer look at just teams in the NFC (National Football Conference).

Which NFC teams offer the most affordable options for catching a remaining game on the road?


This is all well and good, but what about specific games? If you’re, say, trying to see the San Francisco 49ers play the Browns in Cleveland on December 13, how much would that cost?

Below, we put together a table of remaining road games for every NFC 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 percent) are in green, and those that are “medium-affordable” (middle 50 percent) are in yellow:


So, if you’re a live-and-die football fan up for getting on a plane, finding an affordable hotel, and getting the cheapest ticket possible, it’s best to stick to the green squares (cheapest options). This might involve, however, going to see your favorite team on the road in Tampa, Buffalo, or Kansas City.

If your home team isn’t listed here, stay tuned for part two of our series, in which we’ll take a look at the AFC.

Methodology: Hipmunk and Priceonomics 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 availability of listed pricing.

C – Cowboy Stadium


My insecurity stems from my subject for the day. I am an insecure sports fan.  We have a new season coming up, a new defensive coordinator and a quarterback with a totally underserving new contract.  Why is this relevant to IWSG? When I feel good, I write good. When I feel bad, dissapointed and dejected, I write not good. The Cowboys are going to suck. That’s my hot sports IWSG opinion.

I hope Alex excuses my levity in this months IWSG post considering the pressure of the A to Z Challenge.

a-to-z-letters-c“Look at it.” Hailee pointed up at the metallic structure. “It does look like the death star.”
“No it doesn’t.” Brian tried the door, but it wouldn’t budge. He pushed the next door, again, locked.
It’s round, ominious.” Hailylee placed her hand on the structure. “I bet Darth Vader’s in there right now reading out thoughts.”
“Darth Vader controls thoughts, he doesn’t read them.”
Brian tried another door. Locked, “What’s so precious in there that every door has to be locked.”
“Here, let me try.” Hailee put her hand on the next door and pushed. It opened.
He grabbed her hand, “Come on.”
They walked into the structure. The energy flowed from the structure through him. It practically buzzed.
“You feel that?” Hailee said. “It’s alive. Just like the Death Star.”
Rolling his eyes, he pulled Hailyee down the corridor. Feeling the smooth metal walls along the way. They were cold to the touch. Strange considering it was 90 degrees outside.
The hall took a sudden left turn.  The light from outside did not.
“I think we should go back.”
“Let’s keep going.” Several feet more, there was a faint light visible in the distance. The comfort of the light encouraged them to walk faster.
Brian dared to take his eyes away from the light for a second to make sure Hailee saw what he saw. As they drew closer, they could feel the warmth. They entered a large open space, but didn’t notice, they were mesmerized. The light, warm and inviting, bobbed up and down in the middle of the space.
Hailee reached for it, but Brian pulled her hand back. “No, don’t touch it.”
“I have to, it’s so beautiful.”
“No must not touch,” It was hard for him to articulate because every ounce of his being wanted to touch it, too.
“Why?” Hailee whispered.
“Because, we haven’t earned the right.” As soon as the last syllable left his lips, the light exploded into a thousand lights. The blinding light knocked Brian and Hailee down.
The roof parted and sun shined brightly in there eyes.
“Yes,” a voice from above said. “You have not earned the right, but  you will, I promise, you will.” 
Brian and Hailee laid there, on the star, basking in the greatness that is Cowboy Stadium. 

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I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to visit 26 of 32 NFL stadiums, so I am fully qualified to declare Cowboy Stadium is the coolest stadium in the world, and not just because the local media refer to it as The Death Star.

I am done with sports and stadiums for awhile, at least until I get to V.  What’s your favorite stadium? Any insecurities to share? 

The Very Inspiring Blog Award

inspiring-bloggerI haven’t done one of these properly in a while. Since the big move, a lot more has changed then just my geographic location. I thought it was a good opportunity to update you on what is happening in the world of Sydney Aaliyah Michelle, the person, the writer and the blog. Thanks so much to Fel Scotzig at The Peasant Revolt for the opportunity.

The Rules!!

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and link to them.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

7 Thing About Me:

  1. I have discovered a love for reading science fiction. I love the movies, but never really gave it a chance as reading material. When it comes to world building/scene setting, you can’t beat a good sci fi novel. – Thanks Steve Umstead and his Gabriel series for showing me the way.
  2. I am a huge football fan and didn’t realize how much I missed the drama of it while living overseas.  Just catching the playoffs of the 2012 – 2013 season showed me so many highs and lows, fights and injuries, band substance accusations, fake girlfriends and bizarre love triangles.  And you thought it all happened on the field.  SMH
  3. Unemployment doesn’t quite suit me. I figured I would use all this free time to get my blog in order and editing done on WIP #1. But, it’s back firing on me. I am much more productive with a lot less free hours in the day.  I’ll use the rest of this free time to examine why this is.
  4. Even though I am unemployed, I still spend a good part of the day planning what I am going to buy once I am employed. And, moving home from China, I basically get to start all over. That means buying a car, getting an apartment, finding a church, and a gym.  I get to develop a whole new routine.  That includes my annual vacation this year and next year. So far, I’ve planned a trip to London (I miss my favorite city), Hawaii (Mark Koopman’s writing retreat) and DC (Beyonce Concert).
  5. Sydney Aaliyah is a pen name. It has parts of my real name and I have started to add more of my real name, Michelle, which creates a new pen name. So, if you start seeing Sydney Aaliyah Michelle around the blogosphere, that’s me, too.  But, please feel free to still call my Sydney, Syd or Sam (that’s what my parents call me).
  6. I did find my writing spot. It was a recommendation from Kate O Lynch.  The Coffee House Cafe.  The food is so good. They have a cool patio with a fire place that is nice for reading.  Most important, it is quiet from 2-5.  Perfect writing time while I am still unemployed.
  7. In case you didn’t get it, I’m looking for a job.  If you or someone you know is looking for a writer, event director, project manager, editor, proofreader, golf club consultant, book recommender, and/or hand holder while you get your first or fifteenth tattoo, I’m your girl.  That last one, I would actually do for free.  😉

15  Nominations: 

  1. Donya Lynne
  2. Ellie Garratt
  3. Mark Koopmans
  4. Ali Cross
  5. Shannon A Thompson
  6. Spearman 101
  7. Gus Sanchez
  8. Misha Gericke
  9. Marcy Kennedy
  10. Raewyn Hewitt
  11. Annalisa Crawford
  12. Kyra Lennon
  13. Elise Fallson
  14. Tasha Seegmiller
  15. M.L. Swift

Congrats to the winners and check out their blogs.

Who inspires you?