As one of the most popular sports leagues in the world, the NFL attracts huge television audiences and thousands of fans flocks to the stadiums every week to see their favorite teams in action. However, fans of the Las Vegas Raiders, a franchise which moved from Oakland ahead of the 2020 season, had to fork out a league-high average of almost 154 U.S. dollars to see their team play live at the RingCentral Coliseum. In contrast, the Los Angeles Chargers charged a comparatively low 80.83 U.S. dollars for an average home game.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers made the controversial decision to relocate to Los Angeles from San Diego in 2017. Although the team originally spent its first season in the NFL in 1960 in Los Angeles, it moved to San Diego just a year later and had been playing in the NFL there since 1970. The controversial 2017 switch can only have been compounded by the fact that an average home game ticket for the Chargers jumped from 84.55 U.S. dollars in 2016 to 165.77 U.S. dollars in 2019. However, this price dropped significantly in 2020 season as the team moved into its new home, the SoFi Stadium.
LA’s new football home
The change of city has, of course, meant a change in stadium and this has had an impact on the average attendance. While upward of 60,000 spectators regularly packed into the Chargers Park Stadium in San Diego, the Dignity Health Sports Park in California has a significantly lower capacity of around 30,000. As a result, average regular season home attendance for the Chargers has dipped significantly in the last few years.
However, this changed ahead of the 2020 season as the Chargers were able to move into their new stadium, the SoFi Stadium in Hollywood Park. The franchise shares this 70 thousand capacity stadium with fellow Los Angeles-based franchise, the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams themselves only returned to Los Angeles in 2016 following a 22-year stay in St Louis. Their interim home before the move to the SoFi Stadium was the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where an average of over 71,000 fans attended each Rams regular season home game in 2019. This marked a total of almost 500,000 fans making their way into the stadium across the entire regular season. However, the grand opening of the new stadium in Inglewood, California was overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic. All Chargers and Rams games in the 2020 NFL season were played behind closed doors, meaning that fans will have to wait a little longer to watch their teams play in their new home.
National Football League (NFL) average ticket price in 2021, by team
(in U.S. dollars)
The average ticket price represents the weighted average price across each team's general seating categories. The average weighted price factors number of seats sold for each category with the cost for each seating category to "weight" pricing by percentage of the total number. Season ticket pricing is used for all seats when offered. This takes into account if a team offers multiple tiers. When a seat category is not offered as a season ticket, the team's weighted average single game price is used. Premium seats (tickets that come with at least one added amenity and classified by team as premium) are not included to calculate a team's average. Luxury suites are excluded.
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