Football tickets for National Football League games have increased over the years. In a recent report conducted by Vivid Seats, a secondary ticket marketplace, the Pittsburgh Steelers currently have the tenth-hottest ticket in the league with an average ticket price of $236. The trend indicates several things about NFL teams entering the 2014 season, including the fact that while certain teams have a high demand for both home and away games, the Steelers have one of the most highly-demanded tickets sought among 32 total teams.
For the 2014 NFL regular season, the Steelers will face the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field. The median ticket price varies from $160 per seat against the Chiefs versus $228 for their home opener against AFC North rival Cleveland. The trend is relatively consistent with average ticket prices as well. The most expensive average ticket price remains against Cleveland and when the Ravens come to town, the same day the team will hold the jersey retirement ceremony for Joe Greene, the average ticket prices goes up to $253.
Average ticket prices for Steelers home games against AFC North rivals appear to have the greatest margin between their media and average ticket prices. When the Bengals come to Heinz Field, the median ticket price of $164 per seat jumps to an average ticket price of $220.
Despite an 8-8 season in 2013, the Steelers are ranked second behind only the San Francisco 49ers in average impact on opponent home team prices at 44.0 percent. This indicates that the rumor that Steelers fans travel well to away games is factual. It also indicates that the Steelers are the most in-demand team to watch live in the AFC North division regardless of location of play.
By comparison, the Baltimore Ravens have an overall average on home ticket prices of $199 per seat and are ranked 11th in the league for how their fans impact the ticket prices when they are the 'away' opponent at 3.4 percent.
The Cincinnati Bengals have an overall average on home ticket prices of $132 per seat and are ranked 18th when traveling at negative 7.4 percent.
The Cleveland Browns have an overall average on home ticket prices of $130 per seat and rank 20th in the league with a negative 9.0 percent effect against the home-team opponents' ticket prices.
Top Ten Overall Average Ticket Prices (Home Games) in the NFL by Team in 2014
- Chicago Bears - $428
- Seattle Seahawks - $405
- San Francisco 49ers - $377
- Denver Broncos - $337
- New England Patriots - $376
- Green Bay Packers - $268
- New York Giants - $275
- Pittsburgh Steelers - $236
- New Orleans Saints - $256
- Philadelphia Eagles - $215
Top Five Teams in 2014 that have highest impact on opponent's home ticket prices (by average)
- San Francisco 49ers - 44.9%
- Pittsburgh Steelers - 44.0%
- Green Bay Packers - 40.6%
- Denver Broncos - 38.6%
- Dallas Cowboys - 38.3%
(Source: Vivid Seats.com per Courtney Cohen )