Need to get NFL tickets? We’ve got you covered. This is our guide to finding the best seats to any game this season. We’ll also walk you through some of the tough things that a lot of people don’t think about until it’s too late, like parking, navigating the crowds, finding the best prices, and more.
The Best Tickets
Okay, we all want to get the best tickets whenever we go see our favorite NFL team play. That’s a given. But how do you do that? If it were easy, everyone would have the best seats all the time. So how do you find them?
There are a few different ways to get the best seats to watch your favorite team play, and we’ll walk you through some of them.
First, try to buy tickets as soon as they go on sale directly from the team. This usually happens a few weeks after the next year’s schedule is announced. For some teams, getting tickets will be easy, but for other teams, it will be almost impossible. Depending on where you live and who you want to go see play, this will either be really easy, or really tough.
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If this first step doesn’t work, check out the third-party websites, like SeatGeek. These sites often have the hard to find seats that people bought right away and they were unable to use. We recommend looking at a few different sites just so you can ensure that you’re getting the best seats possible.
Now you need to get a good price.
Finding the Best Prices
How do you avoid paying too much for your tickets? With SeatGeek, you can often find great seats, but that doesn’t mean that it will be cost-effective. The trick, as we have found, is timing. While you can’t really know for certain when certain tickets are available, we have found that checking a few times per day on the big-ticket sites about a month before the game is the best way to go. You might think that ticket prices will be cheaper a few days before the event, but for bigger games, this isn’t the case. In fact, we’ve seen these ticket prices go up as game time approaches. If you start looking a month beforehand, getting a good deal is a lot easier.
Check at more than one site, too. Some sites have low prices and high fees, but the fees vary depending on the day. In these instances, you want to look at a wide variety of sites to give yourself the best chance possible of saving a few bucks here and there. It adds up quickly and this will help you save some cash.
Navigating the Parking Lot
Parking is one of those hassles that most people don’t think about—until they get to the stadium and it’s a complete nightmare. First off, the best way to avoid this is to use public transportation. Most stadiums have shuttle services available. If at all possible, use them. There will still be some waiting around, but this is by far the best way to get in and out of the stadium without waiting forever and paying steep parking fees.
If public transportation is not a choice, your next best bet is to buy a parking pass before you go. Many ticket sites have these available for purchase. What this does is ensures that you have a parking spot long before you ever leave for the game. It also takes some of the stress away from parking. You will still have to deal with driving in and out in crowded conditions, but your parking arrangements will be taken care of. If you’re running a few minutes late, this is a perfect insurance policy you’re giving yourself.
If you can’t find a parking pass on SeatGeek, then you’ll need to be prepared to pay for a spot. Sometimes a parking pass can cost as much as $40. If you don’t want to pay this, leave hours before kickoff so you can scout out the best parking places and the cheapest prices. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about this otherwise.
Dealing with the Crowds
Leaving early is a good way to beat the crowds. This gives you time to get in, get a spot, and relax. If you want to tailgate (and it’s acceptable at the stadium you are going to), then you can take advantage of this, too.
The crowds on the way out of a game can be nasty to deal with. No one likes leaving a stadium and then spending an hour getting to their car, and another couple hours getting out of the parking lot. Like we mentioned above, the best way to deal with this is parking offsite and then using public transportation. Otherwise, just be prepared for it. A lot of the stress of dealing with crowds comes when people don’t think ahead to what it’s going to be like after the game. If you plan ahead and know what you’re likely going to be up against, then you can take it all in stride. A lot of stadiums have things nearby that you can do rather than wade through the crowds of other people leaving the game. Take your family out for dinner, or grab a drink with your friends if you can. But do keep in mind that you’re at a big game with thousands of other folks. There are going to be a lot of people leaving when the game’s over. And since leaving early isn’t an option, just make alternate plans.
Professional football games are exciting, and getting great seats and a reasonable price makes a game even more enjoyable. Now that the big game is approaching, make sure that you know how to get the best tickets possible without breaking the bank. And once you’re there, be sure to enjoy yourself as much as possible by planning ahead.