Tom Brady’s New England Return Headlines Early NFL Best-Sellers Tom Brady’s New England Return Headlines Early NFL Best-Sellers
NFL tickets went on sale this week, and one thing is clear: fans are ready to get back to stadiums this fall. Sales have... Tom Brady’s New England Return Headlines Early NFL Best-Sellers

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, 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.

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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

1New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersGillette StadiumSunday, October 3, 2021
2Kansas City Chiefs vs. Dallas CowboysArrowhead StadiumSunday, November 21, 2021
3Dallas Cowboys vs. Las Vegas RaidersAT&T StadiumThursday, November 25, 2021
4Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cleveland BrownsArrowhead StadiumSunday, September 12, 2021
5Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas CowboysRaymond James StadiumThursday, September 9, 2021
6Los Angeles Chargers vs. Dallas CowboysSoFi StadiumSunday, September 19, 2021
7Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver BroncosAT&T StadiumSunday, November 7, 2021
8Las Vegas Raiders vs. Miami DolphinsAllegiant StadiumSunday, September 26, 2021
9Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh SteelersHighmark StadiumSunday, September 12, 2021
10Los Angeles Chargers vs. Pittsburgh SteelersSoFi StadiumSunday, November 21, 2021
11Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore RavensAllegiant StadiumMonday, September 13, 2021
12Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia EaglesAT&T StadiumMonday, September 27, 2021
13Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago BearsSoFi StadiumSunday, September 12, 2021
14Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Las Vegas RaidersHeinz FieldSunday, September 19, 2021
15San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay PackersLevi’s StadiumSunday, September 26, 2021
16Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Buffalo BillsRaymond James StadiumSunday, December 12, 2021
17Tennessee Titans vs. Kansas City ChiefsNissan Stadium – NashvilleSunday, October 24, 2021
18Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo BillsNissan Stadium – NashvilleMonday, October 18, 2021
19Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas RaidersSoFi StadiumMonday, October 4, 2021
20Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo BillsArrowhead StadiumSunday, October 10, 2021

Most Expensive Average Ticket Price

  1. Tampa Bay at New England ($2,263)
  2. Miami at Las Vegas ($907)
  3. Baltimore at Las Vegas ($883)
  4. Philadelphia at Las Vegas ($748)
  5. Kansas City at Las Vegas ($743)
  6. Cincinnati at Las Vegas ($729)
  7. Dallas at Philadelphia ($663)
  8. Chicago at Las Vegas ($659)
  9. Dallas at Tampa Bay ($601)
  10. Dallas at New England ($576)


Last Updated on May 14, 2021 by Dave Clark