After high preseason expectations, the Titans are a group that seems to be still looking for an identity. Quarterback Marcus Marietta has had an inconsistent season so far, and while still in the hunt to make the playoffs, the team overall has not lived up to the talent level it possesses. The value of attending a Titans game hasn’t dropped, and as long as the team remains a playoff possibility, fans will likely be paying as much a week from now as they did at the beginning of the season.
The Titans rank 22nd in the league in attendance, with an average attendance of 65,275 per game so far this year. This is down more than 4,000 fans from just a few years ago, though it is on the road back to recovery. The team seems to be doing just enough to keep the interest of the faithful, but unless a breakthrough appears on the horizon, the team’s attendance, and likely their ticket prices, can go into a free fall.
Ticket prices are about average compared to other teams in the league.
One weirdness about the sports scene in Tennessee is that the Titans do not have the highest price ticket in town. The NFL schedule only allows for 8 regular season home games, so the law of supply and demand should prevail, right? Nope. The $158 standard ticket price is exceeded by the Nashville Predators of the NHL by $13. But updated ticket pricing now has the regular seat ticket for a Titans game up to $209. There is something to be said for a minimum number of home games. Two tickets will cost you about $418, depending on seat location and availability. That’s $50 more than at the beginning of the season, and with the New England Patriots coming to town soon expect to pay another $50 or more for that game.
Concession prices are among the lowest in the league.
While ticket prices may be rising, every fan who spends the money for a ticket will be able to take advantage of some of the league’s lowest concession prices. The standard beer goes for an amazing $7, while a single hot dog will set you back just $4. For a party of two, that makes the total cost just over $20, a bargain when compared to virtually every other team in the league. The other teams that have lower concession prices probably aren’t winning anyway, so enjoy the competitive season while you still can. The general rules for clear plastic storage bags you can bring food with apply, and if you bring something that is not allowed there are lockers you can rent and pick up your stuff after the game.
Parking prices exceed the median for NFL teams.
Since all the stadium parking at Nissan Stadium is sold out, ticket holders need to open up their wallet and spend between $40 and $90 for a decent parking space to attend a Titans game. That is twice as much than most teams charge. There doesn’t seem to be a good reason for the sky high prices, but one path to take is to use public transportation which is generally encouraged. You can also park further away and cross the pedestrian bridge that will take you very close to the stadium. Those parking spaces are very cheap by comparison, only $10 – $15 in general. But be prepared for a 20 plus minute walk as you will have to walk a mile and then cross the river.
Add up the tickets, concessions, and parking and you get a grand total of $480 for you and another person to sit and watch the Titans try and make the playoffs. This is within the median price range for the “fan package” of most NFL teams. You really can’t do much about the ticket prices if you don’t already have a pair. The more wins the team gets, the higher the prices will go. But win or lose, you should take advantage of the very low concession prices and double or triple down on the calorie intake. Parking is in the same field as ticket prices, with little chance of going down as long as the Titans continue to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Written by Garrett Parker
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