Buccaneers among most expensive teams to follow
By James Yarcho
As the NFL season gets underway this week, it’s interesting to note that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are among the NFL’s most expensive teams to be a fan of.
It seems as though no matter what team you love to follow, we all have the same complaints – tickets, parking, concessions are all so expensive. However, the folks over at HomeToGo.com have calculated the cost of being a fan for every NFL team, compiling them in a list from most to least expensive. Surprisingly enough, the Buccaneers came in as the seventh most expensive fan experience.
It’s calculated by taking into account tickets, beer, hot dogs, transportation, and accommodations. These are calculated based on one person for every home game in the 2017 season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came in at a whopping $5,305.94, a mere $1,468.27 behind first place Arizona.
This means, according to their research, Bucs fans will be spending approximately $663.24 per regular season game. Now, that isn’t all the good folks at HomeToGo figured up.
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The Buccaneers came in third as far as most affordable game day accommodations, which is probably a big reason we see so many visiting team fans invade Raymond James. At an average nightly rate of $161, fans of opposing teams can vacation in Tampa in the fall and winter and see their favorite team play the Bucs in a more affordable manner than anywhere else besides Jacksonville ($129/night average) or Baltimore ($160/night average).
The Bucs are fortunate to have one of the lightest travel schedules this season, traveling 14,120 miles on their eight away games, good for 20th in the league. The Los Angeles Rams will travel an insane 32,704 miles this season – the most in the league – while the Steelers bring up the rear with a measly 6,860 miles.
The Steelers are also the least expensive team to support, coming in at $3,983.25 for one person attending all eight home games.
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If all goes according to plan this season, it will be well worth the cost to watch the Buccaneers in 2017 and beyond. And maybe if the Bucs fans continue to unify and take back Ray Jay, those opposing fans won’t care how affordable it is to attend a game in Tampa – they won’t want to deal with that rabid Bucs fan base.