Minnesota’s four major professional sports teams are neither near the top nor the bottom of their respective leagues when it comes to how much the average fan pays to attend and have a few concessions, according to a newly released analysis.
Canada Sports Betting produced the Matchday Cost Comparison and found that the Vikings are the most expensive outing for Minnesota fans, with $121.50 needed on average to buy a ticket, and then a beer, hot dog and soda once inside.
Next in the Twin Cities came the NHL’s Wild ($103), the NBA’s Timberwolves ($67) and MLB’s Twins ($44).
The teams fell in the same order when comparing just ticket prices on average: Vikings ($100), Wild ($80), Timberwolves ($45) and Twins ($33).
Within their leagues, the Wild is the loftiest in the Twin Cities market, landing 12th out of 31 teams and about $5 above the leaguewide average of $98 for a ticket, a dog, a brew and a pop.
As for the others:
Vikings: 15th out of 32 and at the leaguewide average of $100.
Twins: 20th out of 30 and $6 below MLB average of $50.
Timberwolves: 23rd out of 30 and $21 cheaper than the NBA average of $88.
Leading the way in each league were the Los Angeles Chargers ($222.50) in the NFL; the New York Knicks ($158) in the NBA; Chicago Blackhawks ($152.50) in the NHL; and the Chicago Cubs ($81.25) in MLB.
Bargains? The cheapest are the Arizona Diamonbacks ($28) in MLB; Charlotte Hornets in the NBA ($51), Florida Panthers ($64.25) in the NHL; and the Cleveland Browns ($83.50) in the NFL.
What the analysis did not take into account include the cost of living in each teams’ markets and the quality of the product being presented on the playing surface.