In 2010, the Seattle Seahawks made history as the first team to win a division with a sub-.500 record. This past February, the Seahawks won their Super Bowl Championship. Along the way, Seahawks tickets have gone from the fourth cheapest in the NFL to the most expensive, and for 2014, Century Link Field is one of the most expensive places to see a sporting event in the country.
In 2010, only the Bills, Raiders and Browns had ticket prices cheaper than the Seahawks. That year, it cost an average of $97 to see a game at what was then called Qwest Field. Two weeks into the 2014 season, based on secondary market data from TiqIQ, the ticket search engine where I am founder and CEO, it costs an average of $398 to see one of the Seahawks home games. That increase of 227% is the biggest five-year increase in the NFL.
Here are the 30 NFL teams—from costly Seattle to increasingly affordable Indianapolis–and their average price increase or decrease since 2010.
1. Seattle Seahawks | 2014 Season Average: $398.51 | Percent Change: 227.3%
Over the past five years, the Seattle Seahawks have experienced the biggest average price increase on the secondary ticket market in the NFL. Two consecutive losing seasons in 2010 and 2011 followed by a pair of NFC West divisional titles and a Super Bowl Championship last season has given Seattle a 227.32% increase in average price since 2010.
2. San Francisco 49ers | 2014 Season Average: $379.71 | Percent Change: 225.7%
Entering their inaugural season at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the 49ers control the second largest four-year percent change in season average price. Like the Seahawks, the 49ers had a rough patch at the start of the decade, but have been to three straight NFC Championship Games in the past three seasons.
3. Denver Broncos | 2014 Season Average: $339.71 | Percent Change: 119.9%
The secondary market average price at Sports Authority Field has soared since Peyton Manning left the Colts for the Broncos in 2012. In that two-year period, the Broncos have gone on to win two consecutive AFC West titles and made a Super Bowl appearance last season.
4. Carolina Panthers | 2014 Season Average: $192.58 | Percent Change: 73.5%
In 2010, Carolina had the worst record in the league, which led them to drafting quarterback Cam Newton with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Carolina made the playoffs for the first time since 2008 last season and that has continued to increase optimism around Bank of America Stadium.
5. Dallas Cowboys | 2014 Season Average: $260.23 | Percent Change: 56.7%
Despite plenty of on-the-field woes in recent years, the Dallas Cowboys have the fifth highest percentage increase in season average on the secondary market since 2010.
6. Oakland Raiders | 2014 Season Average: $146.14 | Percent Change: 40.7%
Raiders fans are certainly a passionate bunch, and that shows on the secondary market. Oakland has not had a winning record since 2002, but average price continues to increase on the secondary market.
7. Buffalo Bills | 2014 Season Average: $139.18 | Percent Change: 40.4%
With two wins under their belt heading into Week 3 this season, there’s no reason to believe Bills tickets won’t continue to rise in price. A new owner who has vowed to keep the team in Buffalo will certainly help too.
8. Detroit Lions | 2014 Season Average: $150.11 | Percent Change: 37.1%
Though they haven’t clinched a playoff berth since 2011, the Lions continue to see the average price at Ford Field rise on the secondary market.
9. San Diego Chargers | 2014 Season Average: $199.44 | Percent Change: 37%
San Diego struggled in mediocrity during the Norv Turner era and 2013’s playoff appearance under Mike McCoy was the first for the franchise since 2009. In 2010, Chargers tickets had a season average of $137.50.
10. New York Giants | 2014 Season Average: $324.49 | Percent Change: 34.7%
The Giants have been a puzzling regular season team over the past few seasons. They’ve won two Super Bowls since 2007, but have not been a consistent team in the regular season. Since 2010, New York Giants tickets have been towards the top of the league in secondary market prices, and the price keeps increasing every season.
11. Houston Texans | 2014 Average Price: $196.60 | Percent Change: 34.2%
12. New England Patriots | 2014 Average Price: $338 | Percent Change: 30.8%
13. Chicago Bears | 2014 Average Price: $387.15 | Percent Change: 28.5%
14. Minnesota Vikings | 2014 Average Price: $154.25 | Percent Change: 27.2%
15. Tennessee Titans | 2014 Average Price: $148.11 | Percent Change: 27%
16. Arizona Cardinals | 2014 Average Price: $139.59 | Percent Change: 24.9%
17. Cleveland Browns | 2014 Average Price: $124.06 | Percent Change: 24.2%
18. Cincinnati Bengals | 2014 Average Price: $145.70 | Percent Change: 19.4%
19. Philadelphia Eagles | 2014 Average Price: $219.68 | Percent Change: 19.2%
20. Green Bay Packers | 2014 Average Price: $229.83 | Percent Change: 19%
21. Miami Dolphins | 2014 Average Price: $166.01 | Percent Change: 18.9%
22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers | 2014 Average Price: $144.16 | Percent Change: 18.9%
23. Jacksonville Jaguars | 2014 Average Price: $150.42 | Percent Change: 18.7%
24. Atlanta Falcons | 2014 Average Price: $148.57 | Percent Change: 10.1%
25. Pittsburgh Steelers | 2014 Average Price: $218.28 | Percent Change: 9.4%
26. St. Louis Rams | 2014 Average Price: $128.04 | Percent Change: 1.2%
27. New Orleans Saints | 2014 Average Price: $268.53 | Percent Change: -0.1%
28. Washington Redskins | 2014 Average Price: $165.62 | Percent Change: -0.6%
29. New York Jets | 2014 Average Price: $196.64 | Percent Change: -1%
30. Kansas City Chiefs | 2014 Average Price: $139.40 | Percent Change: -17.2%
31. Baltimore Ravens | 2014 Average Price: $189.38 | Percent Change: -17.6%
32. Indianapolis Colts | 2014 Average Price: $147.46 | Percent Change: -19.5%
Jesse Lawrence is the CEO and Founder of TiqIQ.