Remember the old days where going to a baseball game only cost you $1.25? In this day and age, you would have to put your house up as collateral just to pay for a sporting event.
If you want to go to a New York Yankees, the average cost for a family of four to attend a game, purchase food and drinks, park the car and come away with a baseball cap or two is $207.68 (Subtract $18 if you already have your favorite team’s hat). The average price of one Major League Baseball ticket is $26.98, making the cost to see the game about 50% of the total cost. Of course every stadium has different prices. The big market teams like the Yankees, Phillies and Red Sox are going to charge you the most than the small market teams such as the Twins, Rays and Pirates.
As for other sports like the NFL, the prices are worse. In 2011, if you wanted to attend a New York Jets game, a single game ticket would have cost you $113.17. If you wanted to bring the family along, it would cost you a whopping $628. That is if you buy the ticket directly from the Jets. There are online ticket brokers such as Stubhub.com who will charge you triple the amount than the stadium price. Most people will rather pay more money online because it is convenient for them and most likely tickets will be sold out at the stadium. The most expensive ticket in terms of a NFL team belongs to the New England Patriots, the average ticket price is $523.33.
Now let’s get to the Super Bowl. The first Super Bowl was held on January 15th, 1967 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The ticket price for this event was $12. Fast forward to 2013, the price is over $3,000. Ironically enough it will be held at Metlife Stadium, home of the Jets and Giants. The rich could certainly afford it but what about the middle class?
It seems like the sporting industry is only targeting the rich. If you live in New York or Chicago, chances are you will be paying a lot just to go to Yankee Stadium or Wrigley Field. Sometimes it is just wrong because most of these teams aren’t any good. What they do is they rely on their past history. What about the middle class? They usually get stuck with the cheap seats where they cannot see anything.
All I will say is this, it is going to come to a point where no one will go to a sporting event live because it is too expensive. Just do yourself a favor and do not end up sitting in these seats. You are better off seeing the game at home instead of this lovely view.