If you have never gone to an Indianapolis Colts game because of the difficulty of finding affordable tickets in the past, this is the perfect year for you to make your way to Lucas Oil Stadium on a Sunday. With a great deal of uncertainty in the air after so many changes to the roster, the Indianapolis Colts are advertising single-game tickets still available. Right now, ticket prices are selling anywhere from $48 to $136 a seat depending on the location of said seats and which of the eight opponents you would see. For your own reference, you can follow this link to check the current availability of single game tickets according to Ticketmaster.
In the meantime, a site called SeatGeek that is devoted to aggregating ticket listings from various other sites has compiled a document of advice for NFL fans on how to save money on football tickets. We owe them the credit for these following five tips that may help you attend a Colts game this year on the cheap:
- Buy close to game day: Research shows that waiting until a day or two before the game will save you an average of 30% on tickets for the average football game. Those wishing to sell tickets grow more desperate as kickoff approaches, enabling you to buy for less.
- Sit in lower-level corner or end-zone seats for a close-up, yet affordable view: A corner ticket in the NFL is one that is on the far side of a 20-yard line on either side, while end-zone seats are directly behind the end-zone. While seats on the 50-yard line allow you to see both sides of the field equally, you will pay 34% less for a corner ticket and 42% less for an end-zone seat. Plus, you still have a lower-level seat so that you are close enough to see the players clearly. Keep this in mind when asking and bidding on seats at discounters like ScoreBig.com.
- Consider seeing your favorite team play on the road: Admittedly, this one doesn’t necessarily apply so much to Colts fans. Certain arenas are more expensive than others depending on the team. This season, Colts tickets are running cheaper than others (hopefully a one year aberration for a rebuilding team). If you happen to be a fan of another team like the Bears or the Packers and are living here in Indy, though, buying tickets to watch your team on the road could be a wise investment.
- Search multiple ticket sites at once to save time and money: Many online tools make it simple to compare prices for airfare and hotels. By looking at as many options as possible, you can identify which areas fit within your budget. The same philosophy carries over to football tickets. This is where SeatGeek comes in handy, as it is their specific job to provide as many sports tickets as possible. For example, SeatGeek was showing nearly three times as many tickets available for the NFL Season Opener between the Cowboys and Giants as StubHub. This is because Stubhub was only one of many sites SeatGeek drew from.
- Receive custom price alerts for when NFL ticket prices drop: This is another way SeatGeek can help. When abnormally low priced tickets go on sale, they are usually gone in less than 24 hours. SeatGeek has recently launched a new “track” feature that you can find on their website. If you have a particular game in mind for tickets (i.e. the Colts hosting the Dolphins on November 4), you can hit the “track” button and receive automatic email alerts when ticket prices fall for that particular event. By utilizing all five of these tips, you can nab an opportunity to watch our guys in blue take the field at Lucas Oil this stadium without having to empty your child’s college fund.