Funding Football: The Cost of the Big Game [Infographic]

The NFL's championship game has grown into one of the biggest and most watched events. The game itself and the week leading up to it are quite the spectacle and getting tickets has proven hard to come by. The first such game had empty seats and you could walk up to the box office and pay $12 to get in, which would be unheard of today. In fact, you simply can't just get tickets to the game at face value anymore. Fans typically pay at least three to four times the face value of tickets.

However, fans aren't the only ones who pay big bucks for the big game. The host city, advertising companies, and even the teams participating end up paying a ton of money, as well. Before the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots square off at NRG Stadium in Houston this weekend, check out some facts on what kind of money is spent on NFL championship in our infographic below. You can see the full history of tickets prices and ad costs, or look at some more recent facts on how expensive the big game has become.

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After reading all those facts, is there anything that stands out to you? Do you think it'd be worth it to attend the big game? If you'd like to, you can pay the excessive amount on secondary markets or purchase tickets from the NFL that are part of a (just as expensive) "experience package" that includes access to other pre- and post-game events. Factor in travel and hotel, and you're looking at $12,000 in expenses for a trip to see a football game. You might be better off saving some money and buying a really nice TV and some NFL gifts instead.

Design Credit: Cody Petersen

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