If you've decided to leave the couch behind this season and attend a live New England Patriots game, you can do it without breaking the bank. There's little more satisfying than getting to see your favorite team play in person and enjoying the experience of the stadium, the fans, the players and the wonderful and tantalizing aroma of the stadium food. You can catch the Pats play at home at Gillette Stadium and have the time of your life. It's important to have an idea of the cost involved if you're working with a budget. We've put together an information package that gives you the average cost to attend a game, along with the highs and lows of parking, tickets, and concessions in one tidy package to help you plan.
The cost of tickets isn't that high
The average Patriots fan will spend $130.70 to watch the Patriots play. This is less than it costs on average to go to a Chicago game. The ticket prices start at $89 and go up to $350 so if you have a particular seating preference, tickets may cost you more and if you're more interested in saving money, you could get into the game for under $90. This gives fans a lot of room for putting together a customized package for a special game day of fun and excitement.
The parking is really reasonable
Some fans prefer to park in the stadium because it places them in close proximity to their vehicles and it doesn't involve as much walking. The nights can get chilly after a game and it's really nice to have fast access to the vehicle after the festivities have ended. The added security of parking in the stadium in an extra bonus that makes it a good decision. The cost is a reasonable $40 per vehicle for cars and motorcycles. Motorhomes and RVs are charged $150 to park in the stadium. If you want to save money, you could carpool with a buddy and split the costs.
There are other parking options available. Lots open on game day all across town, offering fans discounted parking rates. The rule of thumb when it comes to off-site parking is that the further away from the stadium, the cheaper the rates. If you're early, you could find parking as low as $10 but you're probably going to need to walk nearly a mile to the stadium. As you get closer, say within a half mile or less, the costs begin to rise from $15 all the way up to $40. It's really a matter of preference, but there are usually plenty of parking options open if you're two or three hours ahead of kickoff time.
Concession prices aren't that bad
Anyone who attends NFL games knows that the cost of stadium food is higher than your average fast food joint, but it's not so high that you can't afford to eat and have a few beverages while you're there. If you're a beer drinker, you can get a draft beer for $9.00 for a bottle. They offer larger containers and the price goes up accordingly. A 22-ounce cup of draft beer tops out at $12. When it comes to food, the price per item varies among the vendors and there are a lot of them present to make sure you have a huge selection of assorted stadium foods to choose from. On average, you'll pay around $8 for a hot dog and $5 for water or a bottle of soda. They also offer specialty dishes in meal baskets if you're really hungry and there are also some great burgers available. You'll be safe if you plan on spending $15 for food because this should get you a burger and an order of fries or something comparable.
You can attend a New England Patriots game and have a great time with stadium parking a great meal and two beers for an average of $217 for the entire expense. If you want to cut that back further, you can bring the total down to just $127 by going with the less expensive ticket, splitting the costs of parking with a friend or parking further away, and you can still have a meal and a water and soda for this reasonable cost. You control the package that you put together for your special day, but we're warning you...the food is hard to resist.
Written by Garrett Parker
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