The Cost of a Game

Which fans pay the highest price in sports, and what about their team justifies the cost?

Below, datascience@berkeley analyzed the average cost to attend1 a game for every team in the MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL, as well as data on their success, team value, and the city’s cost of living.

MLB

Team Name Stadium Name City Team Value (millions) Ticket, parking and concession cost Ticket price Stadium parking price Price of one hot dog and one beer Cost of Living Winning % (last 5 years) Winning % (all-time)
Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field Chicago $2,675.00 $104.07 $58.57 $30.00 $15.50 110.9 53% 51%
New York Yankees Yankee Stadium New York $3,700.00 $91.62 $47.62 $35.00 $9.00 180 53% 57%
Boston Red Sox Fenway Park Boston $2,700.00 $80.22 $56.97 $10.00 $13.25 169.9 53% 52%
San Francisco Giants AT&T Park San Francisco $2,650.00 $77.80 $38.30 $25.00 $14.50 272.6 49% 54%
New York Mets Citi Field New York $2,000.00 $69.60 $27.60 $25.00 $17.00 180 49% 48%
Seattle Mariners Safeco Field Seattle $1,400.00 $68.33 $37.33 $20.00 $10.00 176.5 49% 47%
Houston Astros Minute Maid Park Houston $1,450.00 $66.50 $40.25 $15.00 $11.25 102.3 48% 49%
St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium St. Louis $1,800.00 $65.54 $35.54 $20.00 $10.00 85.2 56% 52%
Washington Nationals Nationals Park Washington $1,600.00 $64.52 $42.02 $10.00 $12.50 158.5 56% 49%
Philadelphia Phillies Citizen Bank Park Philadelphia $1,650.00 $64.04 $36.04 $18.00 $10.00 99.5 43% 47%
Toronto Blue Jays Rogers Centre Toronto $1,300.00 $62.36 $26.07 $26.46 $9.83 NA 51% 50%
Miami Marlins Marlins Park Miami $940.00 $59.01 $31.76 $15.00 $12.25 122.8 45% 47%
LA Dodgers Dodger Stadium Los Angeles $2,750.00 $58.88 $41.13 $5.00 $12.75 166.2 58% 53%
Chicago White Sox Guaranteed Rate Field Chicago $1,350.00 $58.23 $26.73 20.00 $11.50 110.9 44% 50%
Texas Rangers Globe Life in Arlington Dallas $1,550.00 $55.94 $26.94 $17.00 $12.00 95.2 52% 48%
Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium Kansas City $950.00 $55.33 $33.58 $12.00 $9.75 87 53% 49%
Oakland Athletics Oakland Coliseum Oakland $880.00 $55.13 $24.13 $20.00 $11.00 179.3 49% 49%
Atlanta Braves Sun Trust Park Atlanta $1,500.00 $52.96 $31.71 $12.00 $9.75 101.8 47% 50%
Minnesota Twins Target Field Minneapolis $1,025.00 $52.18 $32.68 $6.00 $13.50 109.4 45% 48%
Cleveland Indians Progressive Field Cleveland $920.00 $51.04 $30.04 $12.00 $9.00 78.8 56% 51%
Colorado Rockies Coors Field Denver $1,000.00 $50.27 $26.02 $16.00 $8.25 127.5 46% 47%
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Angel Stadium Los Angeles $1,750.00 $49.76 $30.26 $10.00 $9.50 166.2 51% 50%
Milwaukee Brewers Miller Park Milwaukee $925.00 $49.60 $26.10 $11.00 $12.50 84.1 47% 48%
Pittsburgh Pirates PNC Park Pittsburgh $1,250.00 $47.93 $23.43 $15.00 $9.50 88 54% 50%
Detroit Tigers Comerica Park Detroit $1,200.00 $47.90 $28.15 $10.00 $9.75 72.9 50% 51%
San Diego Padres Petco Park San Diego $1,125.00 $46.03 $21.78 $14.00 $10.25 166 45% 46%
Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park at Camden Yards Baltimore $1,175.00 $43.45 $29.95 $8.00 $5.50 90 53% 48%
Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field Phoenix $1,150.00 $42.65 $19.65 $15.00 $8.00 99.4 48% 49%
Cincinnati Reds Great American Ball Park Cincinnati $915.00 $42.64 $21.14 $10.00 $11.50 85.9 45% 51%
Tampa Bay Rays2 Tropicana Field Tampa Bay $825.00 $31.60 $21.60 $0.00 $10.00 94.1 49% 46%

NFL

Team Name Stadium Name City Team Value (millions) Ticket, parking and concession cost Ticket price Stadium parking price Price of one hot dog and one beer Cost of Living Winning % (last 5 years) Winning % (all-time)
Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium Dallas $4,800.00 $199.20 $110.20 $75.00 $14.00 95.2 58% 57%
Chicago Bears Soldier Field Chicago $2,850.00 $195.15 $131.90 $49.00 $14.25 110.9 34% 55%
Washington Redskins FedEx Field Washington $3,100.00 $192.02 $119.52 $57.50 $15.00 158.5 39% 49%
San Francisco 49ers Levi's Stadium San Francisco $3,050.00 $191.50 $117.00 $60.00 $14.50 272.6 41% 53%
New England Patriots Gilette Stadium Boston $3,700.00 $181.98 $130.73 $40.00 $11.25 169.9 79% 55%
New York Giants Metlife Stadium New York $3,300.00 $164.40 $123.40 $30.00 $11.00 180 41% 53%
Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium Baltimore $2,500.00 $163.61 $112.11 $40.00 $11.50 90 50% 54%
Denver Broncos Sports Authority Field at Mile High Denver $2,600.00 $155.75 $114.00 $30.00 $11.75 127.5 64% 53%
Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field Green Bay $2,550.00 $148.47 $94.47 $40.00 $14.00 87.3 59% 55%
Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia $2,650.00 $147.15 $98.65 $35.00 $13.50 99.5 59% 48%
Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field Pittsburgh $2,450.00 $146.81 $93.56 $40.00 $13.25 88 66% 52%
New York Jets Metlife Stadium New York $2,750.00 $146.54 $110.54 $25.00 $11.00 180 40% 45%
Seattle Seahawks CenturyLink Field Seattle $2,425.00 $146.20 $88.20 $50.00 $8.00 176.5 68% 51%
New Orleans Saints Mercedes Benz Superdome New Orleans $2,000.00 $140.75 $91.25 $35.00 $14.50 96.4 54% 44%
Houson Texans NRG Stadium Houston $2,800.00 $140.48 $94.73 $35.00 $10.75 102.3 41% 43%
Miami Dolphins Hard Rock Stadium Miami $2,575.00 $132.00 $98.25 $20.00 $13.75 122.8 48% 56%
Buffalo Bills New Era Field Buffalo $1,600.00 $129.68 $88.18 $25.00 $16.50 83.7 49% 46%
Detroit Lions Ford Field Detroit $1,700.00 $121.96 $85.71 $25.00 $11.25 72.9 54% 45%
Oakland Raiders Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Oakland $2,380.00 $121.78 $71.03 $35.00 $15.75 179.3 40% 52%
Indianapolis Colts Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis $2,375.00 $119.69 $87.44 $20.00 $12.25 90.4 53% 52%
Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City $2,100.00 $116.79 $73.79 $30.00 $13.00 87 66% 52%
Minnesota Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis $2,400.00 $116.67 $91.67 $15.00 $10.00 109.4 55% 54%
Arizona Cardinals University of Phoenix Stadium Phoenix $2,150.00 $113.11 $87.86 $14.00 $11.25 99.4 61% 42%
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium Tampa Bay $1,975.00 $112.86 $74.11 $25.00 $13.75 94.1 33% 39%
Los Angeles Chargers StubHub Center Los Angeles $2,275.00 $124.55 $84.55 $25.00 $15.00 166.2 45% 49%
Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium Charlotte $2,300.00 $109.04 $79.04 $20.00 $10.00 97.2 64% 50%
Tennessee Titans Nissan Stadium Nashville $2,050.00 $108.15 $67.15 $30.00 $11.00 99.6 38% 48%
Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati $1,800.00 $106.63 $74.13 $22.00 $10.50 85.9 58% 45%
Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles $3,000.00 $105.96 $72.71 $20.00 $13.25 166.2 44% 49%
Atlanta Falcons Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta $2,475.00 $105.83 $78.83 $20.00 $7.00 101.8 49% 44%
Cleveland Browns FirstEnergy Stadium Cleveland $1,950.00 $105.13 $69.13 $25.00 $11.00 78.8 19% 48%
Jacksonville Jaguars TIAA Bank Field Jacksonville $2,075.00 $104.36 $61.36 $30.00 $13.00 92 31% 45%

NBA

Team Name Stadium Name City Team Value (millions) Ticket, parking and concession cost Ticket price Stadium parking price Price of one hot dog and one beer Cost of Living Winning % (last 5 years) Winning % (all-time)
New York Knicks Madison Square Garden New York $3,600.00 $176.38 $129.38 $30.00 $17.00 180 42% 49%
Los Angeles Lakers STAPLES Center Los Angeles $3,300.00 $141.50 $102.25 $25.00 $14.25 166.2 33% 60%
Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami $1,700.00 $128.30 $78.30 $35.00 $15.00 122.8 60% 52%
Boston Celtics TD Garden Boston $2,500.00 $126.79 $70.79 $42.00 $14.00 169.9 51% 59%
Chicago Bulls United Center Chicago $2,600.00 $120.58 $82.33 $24.00 $14.25 110.9 55% 52%
Los Angeles Clippers STAPLES Center Los Angeles $2,150.00 $117.68 $78.43 $25.00 $14.25 166.2 67% 40%
Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center New York $2,300.00 $97.65 $66.15 $17.00 $14.50 180 42% 42%
Houston Rockets Toyota Center Houston $2,200.00 $93.85 $65.60 $15.00 $13.25 102.3 61% 52%
Golden State Warriors Oracle Arena Oakland $3,100.00 $85.38 $47.38 $25.00 $13.00 179.3 74% 48%
Milwaukee Bucks BMO Harris Bradley Center Milwaukee $1,075.00 $84.45 $50.30 $22.65 $11.50 84.1 41% 51%
Phoenix Suns Talking Stick Resort Arena Phoenix $1,280.00 $81.85 $56.10 $12.00 $13.75 99.4 39% 54%
Portland Trail Blazers Moda Center Portland $1,300.00 $81.40 $52.90 $15.50 $13.00 140.5 54% 53%
Dallas Mavericks American Airlines Center Dallas $1,900.00 $76.80 $51.80 $15.00 $10.00 95.2 52% 51%
Denver Nuggets Pepsi Center Denver $1,125.00 $75.50 $54.00 $10.00 $11.50 127.5 48% 48%
Philadelphia 76ers Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia $1,180.00 $75.00 $39.25 $22.00 $13.75 99.5 27% 51%
San Antonio Spurs AT&T Center San Antonio $1,155.00 $74.15 $58.65 $5.00 $10.50 93.2 74% 62%
Toronto Raptors Air Canada Centre Toronto $1,400.00 $72.10 $42.94 $17.85 $11.31 NA 58% 45%
Oklahoma City Thunder Chesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City $1,250.00 $69.85 $51.35 $10.00 $8.50 87.2 65% 54%
Sacramento Kings Golden 1 Center Sacramento $1,375.00 $67.32 $46.32 $10.00 $11.00 121 37% 46%
Minnesota Timberwolves Target Stadium Minneapolis $1,060.00 $66.77 $37.27 $15.00 $14.50 109.4 36% 39%
Washington Wizards Capital One Arena Washington $1,350.00 $66.20 $32.70 $20.00 $13.50 158.5 51% 45%
Utah Jazz Vivant Smart Home Arena Salt Lake City $1,200.00 $64.19 $43.19 $10.00 $11.00 108 48% 54%
Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland $1,325.00 $64.06 $43.31 $10.00 $10.75 78.8 53% 47%
Atlanta Hawks Philips Arena Atlanta $1,150.00 $63.11 $35.26 $15.35 $12.50 101.8 57% 50%
Detroit Pistons The Palace of Auburn Hills Detroit $1,100.00 $62.55 $38.80 $10.00 $13.75 72.9 42% 49%
Orlando Magic Amway Center Orlando $1,225.00 $59.40 $39.40 $10.00 $10.00 96.3 32% 49%
Memphis Grizzlies FedEx Forum Memphis $1,025.00 $57.98 $31.48 $15.00 $11.50 74 60% 42%
New Orleans Pelicans Smoothie King Arena New Orleans $1,000.00 $56.20 $30.20 $15.00 $11.00 96.4 41% 46%
Indiana Pacers Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis $1,175.00 $55.09 $32.59 $10.00 $12.50 90.4 56% 50%
Charlotte Hornets Spectrum Center Charlotte $1,050.00 $46.60 $30.60 $5.00 $11.00 97.2 44% 44%

NHL

Team Name Stadium Name City Team Value (millions) Ticket, parking and concession cost Ticket price Stadium parking price Price of one hot dog and one beer Cost of Living Winning % (last 5 years) Winning % (all-time)
Boston Bruins TD Garden Boston $890.00 $144.95 $88.70 $42.00 $14.25 169.9 56% 48%
Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Theatre Toronto $1,400.00 $142.82 $113.66 $17.85 $11.31 NA 43% 44%
New York Rangers Madison Square Garden New York $1,500.00 $124.87 $77.87 $30.00 $17.00 180 58% 44%
Vancouver Canucks Rogers Arena Vancouver $730.00 $124.13 $84.87 $26.77 $12.49 NA 45% 42%
Chicago Blackhawks United Center Chicago $1,000.00 $117.05 $78.80 $24.00 $14.25 110.9 60% 43%
Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia $740.00 $110.40 $74.65 $22.00 $13.75 99.5 47% 50%
Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place Winnipeg $375.00 $106.04 $79.28 $13.38 $13.38 NA 48% 41%
Los Angeles Kings STAPLES Center Los Angeles $750.00 $105.50 $66.25 $25.00 $14.25 166.2 53% 42%
Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Washington $625.00 $104.48 $70.98 $20.00 $13.50 158.5 59% 46%
Montreal Canadiens Bell Centre Montreal $1,250.00 $104.32 $73.67 $20.95 $9.70 NA 56% 51%
Pittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena Pittsburgh $650.00 $101.84 $73.59 $18.00 $10.25 88 61% 45%
Edmonton Oilers Rogers Place Edmonton $520.00 $96.06 $72.63 $13.39 $10.04 NA 40% 45%
Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center Minneapolis $440.00 $91.56 $67.06 $10.00 $14.50 109.4 54% 47%
St. Louis Blues Scottrade Center St. Louis $450.00 $87.33 $53.33 $20.00 $14.00 85.2 60% 46%
Calgary Flames Scotiabank Saddledome Calgary $430.00 $86.44 $63.07 $12.75 $10.62 NA 48% 46%
New Jersey Devils Prudential Center Newark $400.00 $85.96 $47.71 $24.00 $14.25 111.7 40% 42%
San Jose Sharks SAP Center San Jose $490.00 $85.93 $54.68 $21.00 $10.25 222.2 55% 47%
Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena Nashville $380.00 $83.16 $62.16 $10.00 $11.00 99.6 49% 48%
Carolina Hurricanes PNC Arena Raleigh $370.00 $81.54 $61.04 $10.00 $10.50 102.1 41% 41%
Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Detroit $700.00 $79.66 $49.16 $20.00 $10.50 72.9 48% 46%
Anaheim Ducks Honda Center Los Angeles $460.00 $75.35 $45.10 $16.00 $14.25 166.2 60% 48%
Buffalo Sabres KeyBank Center Buffalo $350.00 $74.97 $49.72 $13.00 $12.25 83.7 35% 47%
New York Islanders Barclays Center New York $395.00 $73.46 $49.21 $8.25 $16.00 180 51% 44%
Ottawa Senators Canadian Tire Centre Ottawa $420.00 $71.39 $51.76 $10.71 $8.92 NA 50% 45%
Arizona Coyotes Gila River Arena Phoenix $300.00 $69.93 $44.68 $10.00 $15.25 99.4 39% 41%
Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center Denver $385.00 $69.06 $47.56 $10.00 $11.50 127.5 45% 46%
Florida Panthers BB&T Center Miami $305.00 $67.89 $33.39 $20.00 $14.50 122.8 44% 40%
Dallas Stars American Airlines Center Dallas $515.00 $67.28 $37.28 $20.00 $10.00 95.2 50% 44%
Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena Columbus $315.00 $65.40 $48.90 $7.00 $9.50 84.3 51% 42%
Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Tampa Bay $390.00 $64.50 $44.50 $10.00 $10.00 94.1 54% 41%
1 Cost of attendance was determined using the most up-to-date values from Team Marketing Report (MLB, 2017 season; NFL, 2016 season; NBA, 2015-16 season; NHL, 2014-15 season). This data will be updated as those figures are updated.
2 The Tampa Bay Rays have free parking

SOURCES

Team Marketing Report, www.teammarketingreport.com; Forbes.com; Sperling’s Best Places, www.bestplaces.net


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