The Bears were one of 21 NFL teams to freeze or lower tickets prices for 2009 (their tickets remain at the same price as 2008 seats) but the average cost of a ticket to a game is up 3.9 percent leaguewide this season.
That's due in large part to the large structure that's been erected in Arlington, Texas, Dallas Cowboys Stadium, this according to the Team Marketing Report.
The average cost of a ticket to Jerry Jones' football palace is $159.67, a figure that blows away the previous high by more than $40. New England established a previous high last year with an average ticket cost of $117.84. The Patriots remain at that price this season. The Bears come in with the fourth-most expensive average ticket in the league at $88.33, nudged out of third place by the New York Giants by 30 cents. However, the Bears are the third-most expensive team for a family of four to see a game at, according to the report, at $501.33, up 3.5 percent because of changes to some concession rates.
Here is a breakdown of how the Bears fare according to the report:
Average ticket: $88.33, No. 4 in league
Average premium ticket: $312.50, No. 5 in league
Beer $7.50 for 16 ounces, tied for No. 2 in league (best bargain would be the $7, 24-ounce cold ones found at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta)
Soft drink $4.50 for 20 ounces, tied for No. 1 in league
Hot dog $4.75, tied for No. 11 in league (Chicago dogs have their value)
Parking $46, No. 1 in league
Program $5, tied for No. 6 in league
Cap $20, tied for No. 3 in league