Last year, news surrounding the New Orleans Saints was fixated on more media and legal scandal than the team’s actual play. Head coach Sean Payton’s loss, amidst the bounty scandal, rocked the team and New Orleans was left out of the playoffs after a disappointing 7-9 record. The only upshot was quarterback Drew Brees’ commendable performance. Brees broke the record for number of consecutive games with a passing touchdown, previously held by “The Golden Arm,” Johnny Unitas. Despite last years coaching debacle, the New Orleans Saints averaged $250 a ticket for games heading into the 2012 season, that’s $38 more than the average $212, to start this 2013 season.
Coming into Week 4, the Saints are sitting pretty on top of the NFC South, with a 3-0 record coming into their Monday Night match up against the Miami Dolphins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. While both teams are 3-0, The Saints are favored to win the battle of the undefeated teams, as the Dolphins may lose their steam on the road. In response to the Saints’ winning streak, the average ticket price for the remaining six games averages out to $295, $15 more per ticket since the beginning of the season when Saints tickets for the last six home games averaged $280.
The most expensive games of the season fall in the month of November, with the most in-demand home games tied between the visiting San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers; both have tickets reaching upwards of $39,832 for luxury suites at the 20-25 yard line. Oddly enough, the end of the year matchup versus the 0-4 Buccaneers is the third priciest maximum assessed ticket, at $29,874. Although the Week 6 face-off between the Cowboys and Saints does not have the highest maximum priced ticket, the game holds the priciest average seat in-house at $476. The cheapest get in amount in New Orleans comes in Week 8 against the 1-2 Buffalo Bills on 10/27/13 for $34.
The Saints are looking promising, especially after their decisive victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3, and may continue to make colossal moves, with some excellent performances coming from both sides of the effectively balanced team. Remarkably athletic tight end Jimmy Graham is on fire, with 23 catches and four touchdowns. Defense coordinator Rob Ryan and his line of stalwart men are ranked fifth in the league, averaging only 184.3 yards allowed. With the “Black and Gold” boys playing this well, New Orleans Saints tickets will conceivably shoot up if they secure tonight’s victory over the Dolphins.
|Date||Opponent||Get-in Price||Avg. Price|
|11/17/13||San Francisco 49ers||$43||$401|
|12/29/13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||$43||$268|
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