Falcons, Texans Undefeated: Who’s the Hotter Ticket?

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The NFL is heating up in the South, with both the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans undefeated after Week 5 of the regular season.  Although the teams boast perfect records and similar top-ranked passing attacks, there are interesting differences when comparing ticket prices between the two.

Houston Texans tickets are averaging almost $100 more per ticket than Atlanta Falcons tickets for all remaining home games, heading into Week 6. By comparison, at Week 1, Texans tickets averaged just over $50 more per ticket at home than the Falcons for games that are being played from Week 6 through the rest of the 2012 NFL season. Falcons ticket prices have remained essentially flat, averaging less than a 3 percent increase, or $3 more per ticket, since the beginning of the NFL regular season.  Houston fans on the other hand, have seen a near 26 percent increase, or $46 more per ticket, in the price of Texans tickets at Reliant Stadium, the fourth highest average ticket price increase in the NFL (#1 – Seahawks tickets up 47%, #2 – 49ers tickets up 32%, #3 – Cardinals tickets up $30%).

Reference the NFL ticket prices table below to see how each of the NFL teams stack up against each other at home. You will find the average ticket price of remaining home games, the average ticket price of these games at the same time last week and the percentage difference between the two. In addition, you may draw the comparison between Weeks 6-17 at Week 6 compared to Week 1.

NFL Ticket Prices – Weeks 6-17

Team Wins Losses at Week 6 at Week 5 at Week 1
Arizona Cardinals 4 1 $143.69 $124.08 15.80% $110.37 30.19%
Atlanta Falcons 5 0 $130.60 $128.00 2.03% $127.07 2.78%
Baltimore Ravens 4 1 $291.91 $292.73 -0.28% $279.96 4.27%
Buffalo Bills 2 3 $76.46 $95.00 -19.51% $100.68 -24.05%
Carolina Panthers 1 4 $130.20 $136.10 -4.34% $144.60 -9.96%
Chicago Bears 4 1 $375.75 $359.84 4.42% $342.74 9.63%
Cincinnati Bengals 3 2 $103.50 $104.14 -0.62% $106.95 -3.23%
Cleveland Browns 0 5 $67.99 $71.53 -4.96% $77.75 -12.56%
Dallas Cowboys 2 2 $282.56 $282.20 0.13% $273.94 3.15%
Denver Broncos 2 3 $251.61 $247.10 1.83% $226.96 10.86%
Detroit Lions 1 3 $123.35 $126.23 -2.28% $130.08 -5.17%
Green Bay Packers 2 3 $224.64 $245.91 -8.65% $251.64 -10.73%
Houston Texans 5 0 $226.92 $209.33 8.40% $180.33 25.83%
Indianapolis Colts 2 2 $91.27 $93.58 -2.47% $94.33 -3.24%
Jacksonville Jaguars 1 4 $119.30 $123.96 -3.76% $127.69 -6.57%
Kansas City Chiefs 1 4 $74.09 $76.48 -3.13% $79.95 -7.33%
Miami Dolphins 2 3 $110.57 $114.22 -3.19% $126.10 -12.31%
Minnesota Vikings 4 1 $150.35 $102.42 46.80% $120.07 25.22%
New England Patriots 3 2 $358.66 $363.82 -1.42% $356.16 0.70%
New Orleans Saints 1 4 $254.99 $215.74 18.19% $247.83 2.89%
New York Giants 3 2 $377.19 $381.98 -1.25% $355.39 6.13%
New York Jets 2 3 $144.41 $153.83 -6.12% $149.18 -3.20%
Oakland Raiders 1 3 $99.98 $99.69 0.30% $103.15 -3.07%
Philadelphia Eagles 3 2 $187.27 $193.37 -3.16% $184.90 1.28%
Pittsburgh Steelers 2 2 $219.97 $221.24 -0.57% $227.49 -3.30%
San Diego Chargers 3 2 $126.13 $133.94 -5.83% $141.62 -10.94%
San Francisco 49ers 4 1 $162.05 $148.37 9.23% $122.77 32.00%
Seattle Seahawks 3 2 $184.52 $154.72 19.26% $125.84 46.63%
St. Louis Rams 3 2 $109.55 $101.68 7.73% $103.97 5.37%
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 3 $87.55 $88.30 -0.85% $95.31 -8.14%
Tennessee Titans 1 4 $122.82 $125.49 -2.13% $117.05 4.92%
Washington Redskins 2 3 $224.05 $202.69 10.54% $182.56 22.73%

There are a few key findings worth noting.  First, Saints fans are paying the sixth largest ticket price in the NFL for remaining home games at the Superdome, despite their 1-4 losing record. With last weekend’s first win and Brees breaking Unitas’ record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 48th consecutive game, demand is up and so are prices (over 18 percent to be exact). According to Google Trends, searches for “saints tickets” on Sunday were the highest since September 22nd and the third highest of the Saints season. On the flip side, the Colts also managed a groundbreaking win last week but saw a decrease in Colts ticket prices (close to 2.5 percent) — surprising considering Indianapolis, led by rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, came back from an 18-point deficit at half-time to beat Green Bay (something the Packers haven’t experienced since 1957).

As we watch to see if the Texans and Falcons can remain undefeated Sunday, both playing losing teams in the Green Bay Packers (2-3) and the Oakland Raiders (1-3) respectively, we’ll also keep an eye out on the rollercoaster of what is the ever-changing NFL tickets market.  

 

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