I love professional football in general and the San Diego Chargers in particular. Yesterday, our high definition television did me no good in trying to watch the action at Qualcomm Stadium.
The Chargers failed to sell 95% of their tickets by the deadline Thursday so anyone within 75 miles could not see the game on TV which is referred to as a blackout. This hasn’t happened here in almost six years but occurred 22 times in other cities last year.
That statistic is not really a surprise given the economic downturn and the high price of tickets. The Chargers have the eighth highest average ticket price at $81 plus. (Just think there are seven other teams with even higher average prices!) This is in a state with a 12.4% unemployment rate. The city’s unemployment is a bit better at 10.6%.
Cost To Attend NFL Games
Let’s take a look at what it would cost Mr. Boomer and I to attend a game.
- Tickets: $122.50 for two tickets in the nosebleed section including Ticketmaster fees.
- Parking: $25 to park at the stadium or $40 to park for free at a park n ride and take a bus.
- Refreshments:$5 each for soda/water, $9 for Sam Adams and $6-10 for various food items. I would plan on $40 for a drinks and light snacks.
One game for two would add up to nearly $200 and that’s taking the low-budget options. There are an average of two home games a month for four months. I don’t know about you but spending $1600 to watch eight football games is not in my budget.
The blackout resulted in lost business for bars and restaurants where people gather each week to watch the game with friends and fellow fans. For those that normally watch at home, we found other activities.
Many MLB teams lowered ticket and/or concession prices this season as a result of decreased attendance last year. They didn’t stop broadcasting games.If the Chargers aren’t careful we’ll forget what it’s like to have a home team. It’s worked in Los Angeles after all.
Is the NFL only trying to appeal to the wealthy?
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