While the Vikings have been an exception in terms of getting fans to come to preseason games, many NFL stadiums are half-filled when winning and losing doesn’t count in the final standings. No doubt the move into TCF Bank Stadium will increase interest in fan attendance for preseason games, since the Vikings haven’t played a home preseason game outdoors in more than 30 years.
But the best news for Vikings fans is that their fans will be able to get inside the stadium cheaper than any other fans in the NFL.
When it comes to regular season ticket prices, the Vikings are in the middle of the pack, but when it comes to the preseason at TCF Bank Stadium, the Vikings have the lowest average price for a ticket in the league – by a pretty wide margin.
The average price for the Raiders and Cardinals games at The Bank will be just $27, which is well below the average of the next lowest teams – the Cleveland Browns ($32.71) and the Buffalo Bills ($32.94).
On the other end of the spectrum are the most expensive. Houston Texans fans have to throw out an average ticket price of $132 for their two preseason games, followed by the New York Giants ($124.45) and the New England Patriots ($110.43).
While preseason games are often a hard sell for even hard-core fans, the Vikings will have two important factors going in their favor when it comes to packing The Bank during their two preseason games. First, they have the cheapest ticket prices in the NFL. Second, fans who want the outdoor football experience are only going to have 20 opportunities (barring home playoff games) before the Vikings move into their permanent indoor home.
The combination of those two could easily result in sellouts at TCF in the preseason and give fans who may not be able to see regular season or postseason games during the next two years the opportunity to be a part of a short-lived experience that a lot of fans will be able to say they did at least once in their lifetime.
Welcome to outdoor football, Vikings fans. And, for those who want to see it in August, you can do so on the cheap.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.