Going to a sporting event can be pricey, but some stadiums are cheaper than others. Each season, Team Marketing Report ranks the most and least expensive teams across the major professional sports leagues. The publisher of sports marketing and sponsorship information calculates its Fan Cost Index based on the cost of four "average-price" tickets, parking for one car, four regular-size hot dogs, four small soft drinks, two small draft beers, and two of the least expensive adjustable caps for adults. Here are the five cheapest teams to see from each league -- or the cheapest places to see your favorite team.
The average cost for a family of four to attend a Major League Baseball game is $219.53 for the 2016 season. The average ticket for a game is $31. Parking costs an average of $16.32 and the favorite ballpark snack, a hot dog, costs $4.52 -- both the cheapest of any league in Team Marketing Report's analysis.
- Fan Cost Index: $132.10 (cheapest in the league)
- Average ticket price: $18.53
- Parking: $10
- Hot dog: $3
The average cost for a family of four to attend an NBA game was $339.02 for the 2015-2016 season. The average cost of a ticket was $55.88. Parking cost an average of $17.15, and the average hot dog was $4.96.
The average cost to attend an NHL game in the 2014-2015 season was $363.58. The average ticket was $62.18, parking was $17.70 on average, and the average price of a hot dog was $4.95.
The average cost for an NFL game in September 2015 was $480.89, the most expensive among the leagues. The average cost for a ticket was $85.83 and the average cost of parking was also the most expensive, at $31.21. The average NFL stadium hot dog sold for $5.29.