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Thursday, September 4, 2014
Average Bears ticket price up 4.7 percent

By Jon Greenberg

It will be a little more expensive to see the Chicago Bears on the lakefront this season.

The Bears' average ticket is up 4.7 percent, or just less than $5, to $108.44, according to Team Marketing Report's 2014 NFL Fan Cost Index. Their FCI price, the cost to take a family of four to a game, is up 3.3 percent to $597.51. The $49 parking price doesn't help.

Since moving back into a renovated Soldier Field in 2003, the Bears have only held the line on ticket prices once, in 2009, according to Team Marketing Report.

The FCI number is made up of four season tickets, two beers, four soft drinks, four hot dogs, two game programs, two hats and parking. Aside from tickets, which are a blended average, the other items in the FCI mix are the lowest-priced ones offered at each stadium.

The Bears have the fifth-highest average ticket price and the fifth-highest FCI total in the NFL. Both are well above the league average, as usual. The average NFL ticket is up 3.5 percent to $84.43 and the league's average FCI is up 4.4 percent to $479.45.

The Bears are one of eight teams with an average ticket costing more than $100. Their cheapest ticket runs $85, right around the league average. But that's in line with many other big-market teams in the league.

TMR's average ticket calculation uses season ticket pricing and does not include premium or club seats. The Bears' average premium seat is $322.15. The NFL average is $252.06.

The cheapest beer you'll find at Soldier Field this season is $9 for a 20-ounce serving, up 50 cents from last season. The NFL average is $7.67 for a 17-ounce beer.

The most expensive average ticket in the NFL belongs to the New England Patriots at $122, followed by the San Francisco 49ers at $117 at its new stadium in Santa Clara, California. The Niners now have the most expensive FCI at $641.50, edging out the Dallas Cowboys.

Bears fans traveling with the team better bring some cash. The Bears play at both Levi's Stadium and Gillette Stadium this season, as well as MetLife Stadium, where the New York Jets have the sixth-most expensive tickets and the seventh-highest FCI.