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The Cost of a Beer and a Hot Dog at Every NFL Stadium

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Every year, sports business data firm Team Marketing Report releases its NFL Fan Cost Index (FCI), which gauges what it costs a family of four to attend a stadium game. It calculates variables like ticket prices, parking, merchandise, and — for the focus of this analysis — the cost of beer and hot dogs at every stadium for all 32 NFL teams. The FCI, however, is a projection, and when it was compiled before the arrival of the pandemic, its authors couldn't have known that the season would unfold in a country in crisis. Right now, attendance policies vary from team to team and stadium to stadium — many are empty and simply not selling concessions at all. Much of this year's FCI report, therefore, can be counted among revenue lost for many NFL franchises.

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Atlanta Falcons | Mercedes-Benz Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $5
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $2

The Falcons boast the cheapest hot dog in the NFL again this year despite raising the price back to $2 after briefly dropping to $1.50 last season. Atlanta also stands out for its $5 beers, which are tied for cheapest in the NFL, albeit for a stingy 12-ounce pour.

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M&T Bank Stadium
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Baltimore Ravens | M&T Bank Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $5
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $3

Baltimore is the only other NFL team that offers a sub-$10 beer and dog combo. Also like Atlanta, the Ravens serve up 12-ounce beers at a cost of $5 each, and although its franks aren't the cheapest, it's hard to complain about $3 dogs.

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NRG Stadium
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Houston Texans | NRG Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $5.25
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $5

The cost of a brew went up in Houston this year by exactly a quarter, removing the Texans from a multi-way tie for cheapest beer in the league. Hot dogs also went up by 25 cents from $4.75 to $5. Unlike so many teams, the Texans have actually allowed fans into their stadium — wallets and all. They've been able recoup $16 million through the first eight regular season games from fan revenue in the stadium. 

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Arizona Cardinals | State Farm Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $6 
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $4.50

Arizona remains one of the cheapest places to catch an NFL game, and it shows at the concession stand. It serves up the first $6 beer on the list, but that's still well below the league average of $9.12, and it still offers one of the six sub-$5 dogs among all 32 teams.

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Cincinnati Bengals | Paul Brown Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $5
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $5.50 

When you factor in all the variables like tickets, parking, merchandise and the rest, the Bengals boast the cheapest fan experience of any NFL team. They're tied for the cheapest beers in the league, and their hot dogs are tied with the league average. 

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Detroit Lions | Ford Field

  • Price of a Beer: $5
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $6.25

The year before last, the Lions hiked the price of a frank by $2.25 from $4 to $6.25. That price holds this year, as does last year's $5 beers, which ties the Lions for the title of cheapest drafts in the league.

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Cleveland Browns | FirstEnergy Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $5.50
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $6

Along with the Jags and the Bengals, the Browns host one of three cheapest stadium games in the NFL. The price of a dog and a beer remained the same this year as it was last year, which puts the team's concessions on par with its on-field performance — not at the very bottom of the list, but close.

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Denver Broncos | Empower Field at Mile High

  • Price of a Beer: $7
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $5.50

The Broncos upped the price of a cold one from $6.75 to $7 — the first $7 brew on the list. The price of a hot dog remains unchanged, however, which secures Denver's spot among the 10 cheapest concession stands in football. The cost of its stadium experience overall, however, is right in the middle of the pack.

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Carolina Panthers | Bank of America Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $10 
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $2.50

Panthers fans have the pleasure of gobbling up the No. 2 cheapest dogs in the NFL. Beers are $10 for 16 ounces, the stadium equivalent of a medium.

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Indianapolis Colts | Lucas Oil Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $7.50 
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $5.75 

Indy remains where it has been for the last several seasons in terms of beer and hot dog prices. The FCI report puts the team close to the middle of the pack in terms of overall cost of attendance, but on the more expensive side of the median.

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Kansas City Chiefs | Arrowhead Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $8
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $6

Although the price of beer in Kansas City is back up to $8 from $7.50 last season, it's still an improvement over seasons past. Until fairly recently, the Chiefs charged double-digit prices for a draft.

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Seattle Seahawks | CenturyLink Field

  • Price of a Beer: $10 
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $4

The Seahawks are currently imposing a moratorium on allowing fans into their stadium, but they played the first part of the season in front of live audiences. Thanks to that, they were able to recoup just over $16 million of their 2020 losses through the first eight games.

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New England Patriots | Gillette Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $10 
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $4.25 

In terms of overall costs of taking your family to a game, the Patriots are among the top four most expensive teams in the entire NFL behind only the Raiders, 49ers, and Eagles. That, however, cannot be blamed on the $10 16-ounce beers and the hot dogs that are cheaper than the league average of $5.50.

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Dallas Cowboys | AT&T Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $9
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $5.50

Of all the teams that were able to recover some of their losses from the black hole of 2020, one stands out above all the rest, and it just happens to be the most valuable sports franchise in the world. The Cowboys can host as many as 25,000 fans per game — more than any other team by far. That gives Jerry Jones and company the potential to recoup $4.9 million per game, which approaches $40 million in the first eight games.

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Green Bay Packers | Lambeau Field

  • Price of a Beer: $9
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $6

The price of a beer and a hot dog first reaches the $15 mark at Lambeau. Green Bay dogs cost a bit above average, their beers a bit under, but in terms of overall cost to see a game, the Packers are in the top five most expensive right after the New England Patriots.

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Pittsburgh Steelers | Heinz Field

  • Price of a Beer: $9
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $6

The Steelers didn't change their concession prices over last year, and the price for a beer and a dog is still $15. Overall, they're the No. 12 most expensive team to see.

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Jacksonville Jaguars | TIAA Bank Field

  • Price of a Beer: $10.50
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $5

The lowly Jags offer concession prices that are just okay, but overall, they're one of the cheapest teams in football to watch. In fact, only the Bengals can boast a lower FCI ranking. They're also one of the teams that have been able to recoup some of their COVID-related losses, salvaging $19.3 million through eight games thanks to fans in the stadium.

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Philadelphia Eagles | Lincoln Financial Field

  • Price of a Beer: $10 
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $5.75

A trip to the Linc will cost you. Despite the fact that prices at the concession stand in Philly are hardly outrageous, Eagles fans suffer from the No. 3 priciest stadium experience in football. Only the Raiders and 49ers cost more.

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Tennessee Titans | Nissan Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $10 
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $6

Tennessee is still one of the 12 cheapest teams to see in football — but no thanks to their concession prices. Beers jumped to $10 this year from $7.50 last year while the price of a hot dog rose from $4.50 to $6.

U.S. Bank Stadium
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Minnesota Vikings | U.S. Bank Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $10 
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $6.50 

The price of hot dogs in Minnesota went up by 25 cents over last year, likewise for beer. The latter, however, is still a deal considering you get a 20-ounce pour, the stadium equivalent of a large.

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
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New Orleans Saints | Mercedes-Benz Superdome

  • Price of a Beer: $11
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $5.50

Hot dogs in New Orleans still cost $5.50, matching the league average exactly. Beer prices, however, increased by 50 cents for the second year in a row to a hefty $11 for a just-okay 16-ounce pour.

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San Francisco 49ers | Levi's Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $11 
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $5.50

This year, San Francisco was planning to unveil a brand new pricing structure that increased the cost of season tickets by a large margin. The tradeoff is that the increase comes with the Member Inclusive Menu, which gives holders 15 different common menu items — including hot dogs — at no charge. Fans who aren't season ticket holders would pay $5.50 for hot dogs. Overall, the Niners are the No. 2 most expensive game in football behind only the Las Vegas Raiders.

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New York Giants | MetLife Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $10.50 
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $6.50 

Although they're known for their pricey tickets, the Giants aren't even in the top 10 in terms of the overall total cost of attending a game. In one of the odder 2020 NFL quirks, 11 of the 14 overall costliest teams to see will almost certainly lose 100% of their 2020 stadium revenue, the Giants among them.

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New York Jets | MetLife Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $10.50 
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $6.50 

The 2020 New York Jets are impossibly bad even by the standards of the New York Jets, but the good news is they're one of the eight cheapest teams to see in person. The bad news — other bad news, for anyone who enjoys winning even a single game — is that the stadium is closed to fans, and like their MetLife roommates, the Jets will likely not squeeze a single dollar out of their stadiums this year.

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Miami Dolphins | Hard Rock Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $10.50
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $6.75

Team Marketing Report estimates that the Dolphins' reduced-capacity policy will help Miami avoid the fate of the two New York teams and their total stadium losses. The dolphins are believed to have recouped just over $16 million from the Hard Rock during the first half of the season.

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Washington Football Team | FedExField

  • Price of a Beer: $11 
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $6.50

Out of all the 2020 craziness to bombard the NFL and the sports world in general, the fact that the year gave us a football team whose proper name is "Football Team" has to take the cake. Washington is one of the seven priciest games in the entire NFL, and it's also one of the teams that are expected to write off their stadium revenue as a total loss this year.

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Raymond James Stadium
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Raymond James Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $11
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $6

The Tampa Bay Bucs are a prime example of how the addition of a single high-profile player can improve a team's fortunes. Upon signing Tom Brady, the Bucs saw fit to increase all general seating season tickets by 15%. Even so, season ticket sales doubled.

Chicago Bears, Soldier Field
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Chicago Bears | Soldier Field

  • Price of a Beer: $10.50 
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $7.25

With nearly a century of tradition dating to 1924, Soldier Field is the NFL's oldest stadium. Coming in a little under the Green Bay Packers, the Bears miss being one of the league's five most expensive teams by one place. The price of beer there increased over last year, but only by a quarter. The price of hot dogs is the same.

New Era Field
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Buffalo Bills | New Era Field

  • Price of a Beer: $11
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $7

On the other end of the spectrum are the Bills, which is the No. 5 cheapest franchise to see at the stadium. Out of all 32 teams, Buffalo boasts the absolute lowest ticket prices, ranging from $74.95-$457.80.

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Los Angeles Rams | SoFi Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $12.50 
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $7.50 

The Rams are cozying up to their new stadium — and they happen to be the first team on the list where the combined price of a beer and a dog comes out to $20. In a rarity for teams starting out in a new stadium, the price of the average general ticket dropped this year by a full 13.9%.

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Los Angeles Chargers | SoFi Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $12.50 
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $7.50 

The Chargers brass promised affordable tickets when their move from San Diego was complete — and they delivered. After years of steep increases, the Chargers did a complete 180 and decreased ticket prices by an incredible 52.7% this year despite calling one of the most expensive NFL markets home. But they are No. 2 in hot dog and beer prices.

Allegiant Stadium
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Las Vegas Raiders | Allegiant Stadium

  • Price of a Beer: $13 
  • Price of a Hot Dog: $7.50

Unlike the Chargers and the Rams to the south, the Raiders did what teams normally do when they take up residence in a new building. They raised prices — and the Vegas brass wasn't shy. The Raiders upped the cost of a ticket by a whopping 74.8% — the third-largest price hike in FCI history. That — along with the most expensive beer in the league and hot dogs that are tied for most expensive — make the newly minted Las Vegas Raiders the priciest NFL team to see by a mile.