Over the next two weeks, TicketIQ will break down secondary market ticket prices for each NFL team during the 2016 season. Today’s focus will be on the NFC West, where the Seattle Seahawks and the 12th Man own the most expensive tickets in the division.
Between the Rams' return to Los Angeles, quarterback controversy in the Bay Area and Marshawn Lynch hanging up his cleats for good in Seattle, there was no shortage of storylines in the NFC West this offseason. The Cardinals will hope to repeat as divisional champions, and pending improbable breakout seasons from the rebuilding Rams and lowly 49ers will engage in an arms race with the Seahawks for the divisional crown down the stretch.
Still, even with the division's top two teams expected to battle in the standings all season long, it will be the Seahawks who own the top-priced tickets in the NFC West in 2016. Check out a complete team-by-team price breakdown below, according to data provided by TicketIQ:
Seattle Seahawks | Average Home Price in 2016: $466 | % Change from 2015: +7%
The loss of Lynch will sting, but the 12th Man will still paying top dollar to attend games at CenturyLink Field this season. In fact, Seahawks tickets on the secondary market are the most expensive tickets during the 2016 NFL season, averaging $466 across all eight home games.
An NFC Divisional Game rematch against the Carolina Panthers will serve as the most expensive game in Seattle this season. Tickets are currently averaging $518 and the get-in price is $161. Don't expect to get in for much less for the Seahawks' cheapest home game against the Rams on December 15. That game owns a secondary market average of $420 and the cheapest ticket is $165.
Los Angeles Rams | Average Home Price in 2016: $284 | % Change from 2015: +88%
The team may still be a work in progress, but plenty of hype exists around the Rams' return to their old stomping grounds at LA Coliseum. The move back west has led to a massive increase in ticket demand compared to 2015, with Rams tickets at LA Coliseum averaging $284 - up 88% from the team's final season at Edward Jones Dome.
The home opener against the Seahawks on September 18 will be the top-priced game at LA Coliseum this week. As it stands now the average resale price for tickets is $331 and the cheapest ticket is $138. An October 9 game against the Buffalo Bills will be the cheapest game in Los Angeles this season, with tickets averaging $222 and the get-in price starting from $73.
San Francisco 49ers | Average Home Price in 2016: $238 | % Change from 2015: +2%
Colin Kaepernick's cries to leave San Francisco fell on deaf ears this offseason, and the struggling quarterback now finds himself competing for the starting job under center. Despite the team's recent misfortunes, however, demand for 49ers tickets on TicketIQ has remained steady, with the average resale price up 2% from 2015 at $238.
The 49ers will play their most expensive game at Levi's Stadium against the Dallas Cowboys on October 2. That game currently owns a $520 average resale price and $194 get-in price. If looking for the 49ers' cheapest home game of the season, look no further than December 11 against the New York Jets, where tickets are averaging $164 and the get-in price is $36.
Arizona Cardinals | Average Home Price in 2016: $194 | % Change from 2015: +18%
Even with a divisional title and Conference Championship appearance to show for their work last year, the Cardinals will still be the cheapest team in the NFC West on the secondary market in 2016. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald return with hopes of bringing Arizona its first Super Bowl title in franchise history. Fans headed to University of Phoenix Stadium this season will find Cardinals tickets averaging $194 on the secondary market, the 11th cheapest ticket average in the NFL this season.
The first game in Arizona this season will come against the New England Patriots on September 11 and will also serve as the most expensive home game for the Cardinals this season. That game has a $302 average and $122 get-in price. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be in town the following Sunday for what will be the cheapest game of the season. Tickets to that game are now averaging $125 and the cheapest are listed from $28 each.