After a painfully cold winter in New York, signs of spring are peeking through. The most recent sign of warmer days to come was the NFL Schedule release, which was announced last night. There are some great match-ups to look forward to across the league including a Packers-Seahawks opener that kicks off the first Seahawks schedule as as reining Superbowl champs. That game has an average price of $575, which makes it the most expensive ticket this season on the NFL schedule this season. As a point of comparison, the average price for all Jets homegames at Metlife Stadium this season is $1,980. For the Jets, the most expensive game of the season is Peyton Manning’s week-six return to the scene of SuperBowl XLVIII. At an average price of $299, that game is $7 more expensive than the Jets game against the Bears in week four. The next most expensive game is against the Steelers, which has an average price of $258. That’s $52 more expensive than last year’s game at Metlife that the Jets lost 19-6.
Last year, the Jets schedule had two marquee non-divisional match-ups against the Steelers and the Saints. This year, it’s easy to make the argument that all but one of their non-division match-ups is against a marquee opponent. There’s no question about the Bears, Steelers and Broncos. With Matt Stafford, Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson, the Lions also will be an exciting game to see. Despite the Lions firepower, it’s actually the cheapest game on the Jets Schedule on the secondary market, with an average price of $200.97 and a get-on price of $49. It’s the only game where you can get into Metlife for under $50, for now. In fact if you add up all of the ‘get-in’ prices for this years game, they add up to $599, and probably closer to $700 with shipping. Last year, that number was $489, even with an end-of-season low-demand match-up against the Browns that had a get-in price of $19.
Given the number of marquee teams slated to go up against the Jets this season, there’s a decent chance that ‘get-in’ season price holds, or even goes up a bit, which raises an interesting prospect: buying tickets directly from the team. This season, the Jets have the cheapest season ticket plan since moving into Metlife. After decreasing prices in their upper-level seats by 10% during the offseason, season tickets can be had for $500. While there’s always the chance that demand softens from current level, even if they drop by 10%, you’d still be ‘in the money’. You also get some of freebies like food discounts and some meet and greets. If the Jets make it into the playoffs, you also get the right of first refusal for those same seats…for $50. While playoff ticket last year were cheaper than they’ve been in years past, $50 for a playoff ticket is virtually unheard of, especially in a market like New York. For fans that decide to become a season ticket holder, there would be upside, both emotionally and financially, which is exactly what being a season ticket holder should be all about.