Round trip airfare from New York City: $2,200. Three nights at the local Holiday Inn: $4,500. Two tickets for the Super Bowl in the absolute furthest corner of the Superdome’s upper deck: $5,500. Getting to see the big game in person: Priceless. Wait, no. It’s not priceless at all. The absolute minimum it will cost you to attend this year’s Super Bowl is $12,200 and that doesn’t account for parking, eating, etc. Heck, even the taxes for all this will be about the price of a round trip flight to Europe. Check it out for yourself on StubHub and Expedia.
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As we told you last week, 60% of football fans prefer tailgating at home. So what is driving this change in the way football fans across the country are enjoying America’s game? It’s a number of things ranging from technology advances that let you watch every game in real time on crystal clear TV’s to obnoxious fans offending every kid within 25 feet with their drunken obscenities. But mostly this shift is being caused by rising prices in just about everything. Tickets, gas, parking, and the list goes on.
There’s nothing like heading to a stadium for a nice day of tailgating. You’ve got the energy of the crowd, the smell of the BBQ, kids bolting in front of your car as you try to navigate narrowing parking lots, drunken fans hurling beer bottles at your face, weather conditions that always seem to be either too hot or too cold. Wait a minute, that sounds kind of hectic and we’re not the only ones who think so. If a Ad Week/Harris Poll survey is to be believed, 60% of U.S. adults say that they prefer to watch NFL games on TV, all curled up on the couch, while just 6% actually attend the games in person. To further explore these stats we headed to football stadiums across America with former NFL star Dhani Jones to explore the drama that can go along with tailgating. As you’ll see things got pretty wild. So what is causing this shift from fans attending games at the stadium to watching them at home? We’re thinking the recession is to blame. Our paychecks aren’t getting any bigger but players salaries, cost of tickets and concessions sure are. This shift to at-home tailgating is not going more »