Even though temperatures are still pretty high in most of the country, the light outside looks somehow different. Shorter days and longer nights herald the close of summer and the start of footba… er, fall. Well, we let our true feelings slip out, didn’t we? Our bad, but we can’t help it. The cheers of the crowd, the smells in the parking lot as the grills sear some beef, the overwhelming head rush as your team scores the game-clinching touchdown. It is true what they say. The best time you’ll have this year will be while attending one, or more, NFL games.
“Sounds fantastic, but isn’t one NFL game awfully pricey? Not to mention ‘or more’”
That’s true in many (okay, most) cases, but that’s why Gildshire called all over the country to find great games that you can afford. Here was our gameday breakdown.
There are some essential parts of the gameday experience. The first is that you are going with a friend or significant other. So all of this is for two people. That means game tickets, two hot dogs, two cups of beer for one, two cups of soda for the other. Add in the price to park your home-team bumper sticker emblazoned car, and we’re golden. We selected the best (in our opinion) home game to be played at these stadiums during the 2018/19 NFL season. Are you ready for this?
“My cheesehead is on. Please let Lambeau Field in Green Bay be an affordable stadium.”
A Jaguars home game at Jacksonville’s TIAA Bank Stadium costs $42.30 a ticket and $25 to park. The hot dogs are $5.00 each (That’s a great value.) The brew will cost $12.00, and the Cokes will set you back $10.00. Total price: $141.60.
We recommend the Sept. 16 home opener versus the New England Patriots. This is a revenge game for Jacksonville. In last season’s AFC Championship game the Jags had the Patriots down late, only to lose.
A Chiefs home game at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium costs $38.33 a ticket and $27 to park. The red hots are $5.75 per dog. The beer cost is $14.50, but two Cokes are only nine dollars. The total comes to $138.67.
We recommend the Dec. 30 game against the Oakland Raiders. Someone’s playoff lives will be hanging in the balance. Besides, AFC West divisional games just have that certain extra spice.
A Bills home game at Buffalo’s New Era Field costs $36.33 a ticket and $25 to park. The dogs are $5.50 apiece. Total beer outlay is $18, but two Cokes are only $10. (It occurs to us that both attendees should be having soft drinks.) The total comes to $136.66.
We recommend Oct. 7 against the Tennessee Titans. It’s unlikely that Buffalo will dethrone the Pats for first place in the AFC East. Tennessee is the kind of squad the Bills might compete with to make the playoffs.
A Browns home game at Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium costs $38.33 a ticket and $25 to park. Two hot dogs are $12, and the beer and soda cost a total of $20.00, one of the best beer values in the league. The total comes to $133.66.
We recommend the Sept. 9 game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gildshire is hearing a buzz that this Browns team may be the best one in a long while, and the Steelers are known for slow starts and fast finishes.
A Bengals home game at Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium costs $39.47 a ticket, and parking is a league-low 22 bucks! Two dogs are $10.50, while two beers are a mere $10. The sodas are $5.25 a copy. (Pepsi costs more than beer?) The total comes to $131.93.
We recommend the Nov. 11 game versus the New Orleans Saints. The Saints won’t be back in Cincinnati for a while, and Drew Brees will have retired by then.
We’re sorry about this Green Bay Packers situation, but Lambeau Field is the fifth most expensive place to see a game.”
“My cheesehead is sad.”