It’s OK to be a little excited about the Chicago Bears’ upcoming season.
The team has a rookie quarterback who has shown some promise in the preseason, a Pro Bowl running back who has his eyes on taking home the NFL’s rushing crown, and a first-team defense that has allowed just one offensive touchdown this preseason. Sure, the Bears are coming off a 3-13 season, haven’t had a winning season since 2012, and have been kept out of the playoffs in each of the last six years … but you don’t have to squint too hard to see a brighter future isn’t that far away.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to pay some high-end prices at the ticket window if you want to see the Bears make their climb from the bottom.
Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune reports Bears tickets are the ninth most expensive in the NFL, according to a study conducted by ticket sales website TickPick. Bears tickets come at an average cost of $234.38, which is a pretty penny for a franchise that has fielded just one playoff team since losing Super Bowl XLI in 2006. As a point of comparison, the Indianapolis Colts sit at the other end of the spectrum with the NFL’s least expensive average ticket at $116.
To further highlight the strain a Bears ticket could put on your checkbook, TickPick has calculated the Bears’ cost per win at $593.98. So not only are Bears ticket prices high, they’re not bringing you quite the bang for your buck you would be looking for as a consumer. The only team with a higher cost per win figure is the New England Patriots, whose $606 total is more of a reflection of how expensive their tickets are, an average price of $543, than how good the team is.
Hey, building Super Bowl trophy cases can’t be cheap.