NFL tickets went on sale this week, and one thing is clear: fans are ready to get back to stadiums this fall. Sales have been brisk since the tickets were initially made available on Wednesday following the league’s scheduling announcement, with most teams anticipating full houses as COVID attendance restrictions are rolled back throughout the country.
By far the No. 1 game on the year, in terms of early anticipation and sales, is the return of Tom Brady to Gillette Stadium, where he led the Patriots for a generation prior to departing to take over as QB for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the 2020 season. Now, the signal-caller will lead the defending Super Bowl champions on his old turf on October 3. That game has seen a staggering price per ticket, averaging more than $2,000 according to data from the TicketNetwork exchange. That high premium isn’t just for sideline seats. Currently, the get-in price on TicketClub.com, which involves no service charges for members, is $1,325 for a 300-level seat near the end zone.
The defending champions play a role in three of the Top 20 best-selling games of the year, with their season-opening Thursday night game hosting the Dallas Cowboys coming in at No. 5 in total sales, and a home game against the Buffalo Bills in December at No. 16.
Overall, the Dallas Cowboys are the front-runner in terms of fan interest spread across both home and away contests. Dallas is playing in five of the top seven best-selling contests so far, and six of the Top 20. In terms of home field, the Las Vegas Raiders are coming in hot in 2021, with six of their home games among the Top 10 games fetching the highest average ticket price so far.
Notably, early-season games seem to be dominating the sales figures, potentially a factor of uncertainty regarding whether or not restrictions could come back as the fall bears down, given how COVID infections ramped up substantially in the fall of 2020. Of the Top 20 ranked by overall sales, half were in September, with only one December game (Bucs vs. Bills) making the rankings.
Top 20 Best-Selling 2021 NFL Games
|1||New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Gillette Stadium||Sunday, October 3, 2021|
|2||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Dallas Cowboys||Arrowhead Stadium||Sunday, November 21, 2021|
|3||Dallas Cowboys vs. Las Vegas Raiders||AT&T Stadium||Thursday, November 25, 2021|
|4||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cleveland Browns||Arrowhead Stadium||Sunday, September 12, 2021|
|5||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys||Raymond James Stadium||Thursday, September 9, 2021|
|6||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Dallas Cowboys||SoFi Stadium||Sunday, September 19, 2021|
|7||Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos||AT&T Stadium||Sunday, November 7, 2021|
|8||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins||Allegiant Stadium||Sunday, September 26, 2021|
|9||Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers||Highmark Stadium||Sunday, September 12, 2021|
|10||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers||SoFi Stadium||Sunday, November 21, 2021|
|11||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens||Allegiant Stadium||Monday, September 13, 2021|
|12||Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles||AT&T Stadium||Monday, September 27, 2021|
|13||Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears||SoFi Stadium||Sunday, September 12, 2021|
|14||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Las Vegas Raiders||Heinz Field||Sunday, September 19, 2021|
|15||San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers||Levi’s Stadium||Sunday, September 26, 2021|
|16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Buffalo Bills||Raymond James Stadium||Sunday, December 12, 2021|
|17||Tennessee Titans vs. Kansas City Chiefs||Nissan Stadium – Nashville||Sunday, October 24, 2021|
|18||Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills||Nissan Stadium – Nashville||Monday, October 18, 2021|
|19||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders||SoFi Stadium||Monday, October 4, 2021|
|20||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills||Arrowhead Stadium||Sunday, October 10, 2021|
Most Expensive Average Ticket Price
- Tampa Bay at New England ($2,263)
- Miami at Las Vegas ($907)
- Baltimore at Las Vegas ($883)
- Philadelphia at Las Vegas ($748)
- Kansas City at Las Vegas ($743)
- Cincinnati at Las Vegas ($729)
- Dallas at Philadelphia ($663)
- Chicago at Las Vegas ($659)
- Dallas at Tampa Bay ($601)
- Dallas at New England ($576)