The Team Marketing Report said Friday that average ticket prices for NFL games increased 4.5 percent this year to $76.47, up from a 3.9 percent hike last season.
The New York teams had the steepest increases after moving into New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Jets non-premium tickets went up 31.8 percent to $114.64 on average, and the Giants rose 26 percent to $111.69. The New Orleans Saints raised their average 20.5 percent to $74.99 after winning the Super Bowl.
The Cleveland Browns have the lowest average ticket price at $54.51, a drop of 0.3 percent. Twenty-one of the 32 teams kept their average ticket cost the same or lowered it.
There were pockets of empty club seats at the Meadowlands for the first regular-season home games of the Giants and Jets -- but the games weren't blacked out in local markets because premium seats aren't included when the NFL counts sellouts for blackout purposes.
The NFL's premium average was $238.94, an increase of 5.6 percent.
Eric Grubman, NFL executive vice president for business ventures, said this month that season-ticket sales declined for the third year in a row and will be down between 1 percent and 2 percent.
In comparison, the average non-premium ticket for Major League Baseball was up 1.5 percent to $26.74 this year. The average was $48.90 last season in the NBA and $51.27 in the NHL.
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