2016 Big Game of Homes

2016 Big Game of Homes

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Home Field Advantage: Which NFL Teams Win The Big Game Of Homes

It’s every fan’s dream: a home right on the doorstep of their favorite football team. But which cities are the most favorable for hardcore fans? Sure, there’s the price of the home itself, but there’s so much more to it: the stadium, the cost of tickets and how much home your money will buy you. Here we take a look at what it takes to call the red zone your home.

Paying Up for Pigskin Proximity:

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Just like every team is unique, so are the prices a fan might pay to live in the shadow of his or her local stadium. One driving force in the market is the increasing trend for team owners to build their new stadiums right in the heart of a city instead of on the outskirts, which means that prime real estate is truly at a premium. Also, it never hurts if your team happens to be a perennial favorite, like the Denver Broncos, which tops our list:

Most Expensive:

  • $2 million+: Oakland, Tennessee, Denver and Minnesota
  • $1.5-$2 million: New Orleans, San Diego and Cleveland
  • $1-$1.5 million: Pittsburgh, San Francisco, New York Giants, New York Jets, and Seattle
  • $500,000-$1 million: Cincinnati, Baltimore, Tampa, Detroit, St. Louis*, Atlanta, Indianapolis, New England, Carolina, Chicago, and Houston
  • Less than $500,000: Philadelphia, Arizona, Jacksonville, Green Bay, Washington, Buffalo, Miami, Dallas, and Kansas City

* The St. Louis Rams will officially be relocated to Los Angeles for the 2016-17 NFL season.

If it’s a deal you’re looking for, there are still plenty of places where a home within two miles of your local stadium can be had for a relative pittance. Best of all, you don’t even necessarily have to suffer a losing record just to save some money. Even the league-leading 15-1 Carolina Panthers fall comfortably in our list of affordable locales!

Least Expensive:

  • $50,000 or less: Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Detroit and Atlanta
  • $50,000-$75,000: Philadelphia, Baltimore, Dallas, Miami, Green Bay and Carolina
  • $75,000-$100,000: Houston, Jacksonville, Buffalo, Washington, Cleveland, Chicago, and Denver
  • $100,000-$150,000: New England, Tampa, Minnesota, New Orleans, San Francisco, Arizona, and Indianapolis
  • $150,000-$200,000: San Diego and Tennessee
  • $200,000+: Seattle, Oakland, New York Giants, and New York Jets

Value for Your Money:

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The total price of a home is just part of the equation. Like any good armchair manager knows, it’s about how much value you can extract for your hard-spent dollars. For us, a good indicator is how much you’ll be spending per square foot.

Lowest: Like a player who outperforms his pay grade, Detroit offers the most value for your money with a stunningly low price of $14 a square foot.

Highest: Tennessee has some of the most expensive space, at an eye-watering $1,160 a square foot.

New Digs:

Just like our homes, NFL stadiums come in all shapes and sizes with all kinds of extra features added to attract fans. In a classic case of “keeping up with the Joneses,” NFL owners are practically in a race to build some of the most elaborate, expensive stadiums we’ve ever seen. For the fans, this means that if you’re thinking about settling in a particular locale, you can enjoy the benefits of a state-of-the-art facility.


  • U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is slated to be finished in 2016.
  • The Falcons will officially move into Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta for the 2017 season.
  • Though it’s largely still to be determined, the Rams’ big move to Los Angeles means that after a 2016 season played in the LA Coliseum, Hollywood will be building what’s sure to be a stunning new stadium.

Season Tickets:


If you count your team as your neighbor, you’re probably going to want to pick up some season tickets. If that’s the case, it pays to consider just how long you might be waiting and how much those tickets might be worth.

If you’re a fan of the (potentially) 2016 champion Denver Broncos, you might want to know that currently their season ticket waiting list contains about 63,000 people ahead of you. Given that tickets are only made available when someone else gives theirs up, it’s not unlikely that you might be watching one of Peyton Manning’s grandkids play quarterback.

If it’s the Carolina Panthers you’re cheering for, then luck might be on your side. Season tickets can be had immediately, but you will have to suffer their unique system of seat licenses, which act almost like a renter’s damage deposit, ensuring a fan’s commitment to ponying up for their tickets.

Big Game Cities:


For every football fan, the holy grail of games is surely the championship. Even if your team doesn’t play, the atmosphere and excitement that grips the host city is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime experience that most can only dream about. If you’re lucky enough to live in one of these cities, you’ll be able to enjoy the big show right in your own backyard (even if your team doesn’t get to play).

  • 2016 San Francisco
  • 2017 Houston
  • 2018 Minneapolis

In the end, the world of gridiron real estate holds true to that time-honored maxim of ”location, location, location.” For die-hard fans, there’s only ever going to be one place you could see yourself living in, and that’s next door to the best neighbor a football fan could have: your team.

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