Chicago Sun-Times

Here is what it costs to go to a game at Soldier Field

| 26 Comments | No TrackBacks

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

No TrackBacks

TrackBack URL: http://blogs.suntimes.com/cgi-bin/mt-tb.cgi/25607

26 Comments

Absolutely sickening. Even worse, I have to pay to see it on tv because I live in Wisconsin, an hour and a half from Chicago. If there is one thing George Halas would not want it is to exclude the common man, the one that sat his family down in the stands of Wrigley and helped to build this franchise.

Average price for a ticket to see the Bears play at home? $88.33

Price for a beer at Soldier Field? $7.50

Seeing Creighton prance around in outstretched women's underwear at Soldier Field because he lost a bet and had to man up? Priceless.

Oh and for those who are unfamiliar with the situation, here's a brief summary. Creighton, who couldn't ever imagine being wrong about anything because he's always right, said this when rumors were floating around in March that the Bears could acquire Cutler.

By Creighton on March 25, 2009 11:48 PM

"In fact I am so sure that Angelo will not get him [Cutler] that if he does, I will be outside Soilder Field in a hot pink panties that say spank me, singing the Crackers Happy birthday to me while holding up a sign that reads Brando rules and I suck...First home game and I will also paint myself Orange and Blue and get a tattoo thats says Angelo is the man on my forehead."

http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2009/03/rocky_mountain_high_bears_repo.html

Creighton you like to think that you're a total expert on the Bears and on football and, well, pretty much everything else. The fact is that while you're right some of the time, you're usually horribly wrong most of the time. Maybe you should have learned something from your previous predictions like Chris Williams would be a bust, Matt Forte would have a fumbling problem, or your belief that Rashard Mendenhall was just so amazing that the Bears should have taken him over Forte. (So glad you are NOT the Bears GM.) Buddy, you are so wrong so many times over! And yet you never learn! You still mouth off with your poorly thought out and overly negative opinions and attack fans who think differently than you. Maybe this time, just maybe, you can admit you were wrong and do whatever silly thing you said you would do at the Steelers game. Why? Two reasons. For one, it will teach you not to speak out of your @ss so much. And for another, it will be downright hilarious to see.

Man up, Creighton. Man up.

i moved to indiana in 97 and have gone to soldiers field twice since i've moved but i wont b going anymore who can afford nearly 100 dollars to go see a game i know i cant or any of my friends cant.this is ridiculous...thats my gas bill !!!

I live in California and make it to 1 Bears game a year. There is nothing better than seeing a game at Soldier Field. The $7.50 beer is cheap to many concerts charging $10.00. I also have the football package on DirecTV because I need to get my Bears every Sunday. I know its expensive, but there is no price on how great a live Bears game is. Especially when you tailgate with 20 friends, party and the Bears beat the Packers like they did on Monday night last year. AWESOME.

GO BEARS!!!!

That "clubhouse privilege" is the biggest scam in sports. I have the privilege to buy a turkey sandwich for $15? Thank you may I have another kick in the a--!!!

Neeley mentioned a family going to Wrigley. Back in 1948-1949, use to set up folding chairs in right ande center fields and get onbe of them for nothing... Best seats in the house...FREE
In the 50's I had a season seat ($7.50 per game) in the left field bleachers, right behind the goal posts. Best paid for seat. You could see all the line play develope, great for an ex-lineman and line coach. Best seat for seein a whole football game? The upper deck on the 3rd base side of Comiskey Park for the Cardinals. You were looking almost straight down.

I'm sure McCaskey is pissed over how low the Bears rank.

If he can figure out a way to suspend a mega-jumbotron over the field a la the Cowboys, he could charge even more.

Eh, I just stay at home and watch the game. I can control the temperature, have good food (I like to cook and make things all the time for gameday) without having to pay astronimical prices for it, get the best up close camera angles of the action from my TV and celebrate the good things that happen with friends and family.

And if it's true that Creighton's planning to perform a public tribute to Stripperella, all the more reason to stay away!

Go Bears! Can't wait for Sunday night.

It cost more than $20.00 for a cap @ the pro shop. The bears pro shops prices are ridiculous, they have polos for $100.00. If you go on their website look at the prices for all thier apparel it is 30% more than the nflproshop.

I have not been to Soldiers' Field since the college all-stars played Cleveland there. A fat Lou Grosa was impressive, and the Bears first round pick, Gayle Sayers, did not play because of injuries. Ticket prices have gotten completely out of hand in all the pro sports, and the college games are starting to also shoot up the ticket prices.I understand the electricity of being live at the stadiums, but frankly, one can enjoy the game itself better at home watching television coverage. If one cares to drink, he/she can always get a six-pack at home for less than one glass of beer at the stadium.

Creighton, always acting like a little kid. Man up is right Creighton, you should do what you promised too. Ypou were WRONG about Cutler ans so you should MAN UP. Anyway, here's a little something I put together. It reminds me of you Creighton and how you act out all the time. Here we go...

Forfeit the game before somebody else
Takes you out of the frame
And puts your name to shame
Cover up your face you can't run the race
The pace is too fast you just won't last

You love the way I look at you in pink panties
While taking pleasure
In the awful things you put me through
You take away if I give in
My life, my pride is broken

Creighton likes to think he's never wrong
(You live what you've learned)
He has to act like he's someone
(You live what you've learned)

You want someone to hurt like you
(You live what you've learned)
You want to share what you've been through
(You live what you've learned)

You love the things I say I'll do
The way I'll hurt myself again
Just to get back at you
You take away when I give in
My life, my pride is broken

Creighton likes to think he's never wrong
(You live what you've learned)
He has to act like he's someone
(You live what you've learned)

You want someone to hurt like you
(You live what you've learned)
You want to share what you've been through
(You live what you've learned)

Forfeit the game before somebody else
Takes you out of the frame
And puts your name to shame
Cover up your face you can't run the race
The pace is too fast you just won't last

Forfeit the game before somebody else
Takes you out of the frame
And puts your name to shame
Cover up your face you can't run the race
The pace is too fast you just won't last

Creighton likes to think he's never wrong
(You live what you've learned)
He has to act like he's someone
(You live what you've learned)

You want someone to hurt like you
(You live what you've learned)
You want to share what you've been through
(You live what you've learned)

Creighton likes to think he's never wrong
(Forfeit the game)
(You live what you've learned)
He has to act like he's someone
(Forfeit the game)
(You live what you've learned)

You want someone to hurt like you
(Forfeit the game)
(You live what you've learned)
You want to share what you've been through
(You live what you've learned)


Original song: points of authority by Linkin Park

Hey Big Bob, I used to sit in the north end zone at Wrigley Field, too! Great seats except when they were on the other side of the field. I remember Butkus making a safety on the Pittsburgh QB right in front of me the season before they drafted Bradshaw.

If the Bears are 3d or 4th in prices, they should have the 3d or 4th best team and/or be spending the 3d or 4th most. How do these stats compare?

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

The Bears Winning The Superbowl: PRICELESS!!!!!!!!!

That seems pretty high. Just for fun I checked train fare to bring my family of four from Mississippi to Chicago for a game. The City of New Orleans get's in at about 9:00am and departs about 8:00pm so theoretically you could go to most games without an overnight stay. (I'm just comparing prices, it's unlikely we would make that choice)

At $500, the cost of actually going to the game is about a Cutler jersey less than the cost to round trip a family of four to Chicago from the Deep South.

What is this BS, are gonna let the Giants beat us by 30 cents? I say no! Raise the ticket prices. By the way Brad if you consider state and county inflation for this article, the Bears are actually ahead of the Giants in cost of ticket. New Yorks higher average income and cost of living make the Giant ticket value(not price but value) cheaper.

Oh and to the clown asking me about Williams and me saying I think he will be a bust. Drafted to be the Bears starting LT in 2008 as stated by Lovie Smith. Is now the starting RT(a lesser job), has never started a game in the NFL, and missed a whole season already because of a back injury he had when he was drafted.

So how have I been worng about him? So far he has been a total bust. As for the big back from PIT, we will see how he looks this year. Williams has been demoted to the right side and replaced by a slower aging vet with his own injury concerns. If Williams has a great career I will admit I was wrong, but if he is out of the league in 4 years because of his bad back, then what will you do? Will you admit I was right? If Williams is so great why is he playing RT instead of protecting Cutler blind side? It's not like Pace has looked all that great. Hey I hope he has a great career, the bears need the help on the line. But I don't see it happening wiht him. Reminds me to much of Marvel Smith except with a worse back and a weaker core. You know thats why his back was bad, not enough core strength for his size. Thats what I said then and thats what I say now.

But it is a long term wait t osee if I am right or wrong. I know you would like it to be a short wait, and in fact you would like to declear Williams to be the best OT in football before one real nfl game has been played, but you are just going to have ot wait.

A starter at any position in his 2nd year is not a bust. You're a moron.

Yo to the dude above named Creighton. So you call williams a bust after one season but then say to wait and see on how Mendenhall does? How is that fair man? They both had injuries yes, but Mendenhall missed the whole season on IR.

ahhh...if i saed it before ill say it again....wiliams is a BUST! he didnt play so good in his first year and was injured ans so taht means he will NEVER BE GOOD! understand loosers? oh but rashard mendenhall (drool) that fine young HUNK will be in teh HOF. jusrt waiot ans see loosers. taht hansome young steeler will run for 300 yards tonite ans will PROVE to angelo how the bears sjould have drafted MENDHENALL ans not taht other BUST FOTRE!!!

but yo guays now me old crap-ton..just trying to be postivr..

p.s. oh rashard...if only we copuld sail the around teh world in your sailboat...i give grate massages...just ask my mommy! :)

Creighton, you dodged the poster calling you out about what you said you'd do if Angelo traded for Cutler. Are you going to live up to your word and do what you said? I doubt it. But at least say you're not doing it instead of avoiding it.

Also, you never responded to the Mendenhall-Forte debate. Mendenhall gets his shoulder shattered by Ray Lewis and get IR'd for the whole season and you don't call him a bust? But you call Chris Williams a bust, who actually played in the 2nd half of the season? Maybe it wasn't at LT, and now that we have Pace...Williams will be groomed for that LT spot in a couple years. He IS the future at LT IMO.

By Creighton on March 25, 2009 11:48 PM

"In fact I am so sure that Angelo will not get him [Cutler] that if he does, I will be outside Soilder Field in a hot pink panties that say spank me, singing the Crackers Happy birthday to me while holding up a sign that reads Brando rules and I suck...First home game and I will also paint myself Orange and Blue and get a tattoo thats says Angelo is the man on my forehead."

http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2009/03/rocky_mountain_high_bears_repo.html

How is any 2nd year player a bust? Day is right, that is a pretty asinine thing to spew out even over a blog. Maybe Williams will crap out of the NFL and maybe not, obviously time will tell. I hope Tillman sits out of this game unless the pack is absolutely molesting us thru the air. If he goes out and gets hurt/ends up rehabbing his injury another six weeks or more the bears will be very sorry.

this stuff about creighton and pink panties is hilarious!!! I for one am not interested in seeing some know-it-all blowhard in his mommy's underwear but for someone who calls people out all the time it is VERY CURIOUS to see mr. creighton not even respond to his gaffe about the bears getting cutler. spineless coward can't even acknowledge that he was wrong. pretty lame dude. no wonder so many people here say bad things about you, i haven't even read this blog for that long but it's pretty easy to see who the lame ones are (you).

By Travolta on September 10, 2009 5:17 PM
Creighton, you dodged the poster calling you out about what you said you'd do if Angelo traded for Cutler. Are you going to live up to your word and do what you said? I doubt it. But at least say you're not doing it instead of avoiding it.


Actually I did not dodge anything, I answered the same poster who is probably you aka Brando who is aslo Crap-ton and 10 other names. Anyway I already answered it a couple of times already, he knows the answer, he just did not like answer or you did not like the answer. I said I would do exactly what I would do, just not the way you invision your fantasy. As for big M, the debate was not about him and Forte, it was about him and Williams. The Forte debate was about who would have a better year, Thomas Jones, Mike Turner or Forte, Jones and Turner had better years, so I won that debate. As for Williams, I have not called him a bust I said he will be a bust. Williams had an injury prior to the draft, big M got hurt in a game by one of the best LB's in history, so yes that is a big difference. By the way Williams said he may stay at RT. But if he is not good enough to start over Pace who is way past his prime how good is he? Otah started lasy year, Albert started last year, Clady and Brown in Houston started last year as well ,and this year he looks real good, that was one of my sleeper picks. So All the guys I tabed ahead of Williams have all done better than him to this point.

Like I said I hope he has a great career, I just don't see it. I said the Bears should either trade up or drop down lasy year and ignore Williams who had a bad back. I never even said they should get Reshard I said I wish he would be a Bear but that OT was more important, but I hoped that Mendenhall would fall, to the Bears. As it turns out the Bears took Forte, who I never bashed once during the draft, but did not care for him, because I felt he ran to upright. However I was wrong about Forte and I said so, just ask Kevin A, I told him he made a great pick on that guy a dozen times over. I can't pick all the best players, but I was right Williams having a bad back, not starting the season, no starting a single game, and needing surgery all of which I called before the draft. End of story and of your attempt at a debate.

Go home Brando, nobody likes you or wants you here. You are a known Cutler basher and a Packer fan. By the way if you have not realized it, posting songs to other men is just gay.

Hey Creigh-BABY did you see your boy MendenFall run INTO the qb on his FIRST play? HA! He's almost as big a JOKE as YOU are!

$88.33 average price, whatever! Try around $275 a ticket. everyone knows that a high percentage of tickets have to be purchased through Stub Hub. I am a hugh bears fan in Billings Montana. My wife and I are lucky enough to have great jobs which allowed us to buy 2 tickets for $450.00 each. This was for seats 12 rows up on the 5 yard line. Most season ticket holders are not even Bears fans! Theya re business men making a big money on NFL tickets.
We were lucky game (Vikings vs Bears 90 points scored last year)

I enjoyed many games and concerts at soldier feild before the renovation and all though the new soldier feild looks beutiful on T.V. They really maximized the cost and minimized the width of seats. And would it kill them to get some cheerleaders?

Yeah Richard, that aint no Bull either. My wife and I were at the computer the second Bears tickets became available to purchase. They were already sold out, instantly. The only ones available were from current ticket holders selling, or should I say, legalized scalping theirs, for a lovely markup. Try $249/ticket in the nosebleeds(Original price for those exact tickets is $69). I mean I dont think we could have gotten any further away from the field.

Average ticket: $88.33.
Beer $7.50 for 16 ounces.
Hot dog $4.75
Parking $46.

Getting to see the team you admired as a boy? Useless.


Leave a comment

Twitter updates

Categories

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Brad Biggs published on September 9, 2009 10:30 PM.

Green Bay triplets start of tough stretch for Tillman, Bears was the previous entry in this blog.

Bears reach injury settlement with Deleston, waive safety is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.