For New England fans, trekking to the Super Bowl this weekend could mean seeing Tom Brady make NFL history. Of course, the chance to witness the star quarterback collect his fifth Super Bowl ring comes with a hefty price tag — one that would require 183 hours of work to cover, according to government data. Traveling to Houston for a few days and getting into the game on Feb. 5 would add up to thousands of dollars.
To gauge how much Boston-area residents would have to shell out to see their team take on the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, NerdWallet tallied the costs of a game ticket, lodging accommodations in Houston and round-trip airfare on the two days after the Patriots clinched their berth. The cheapest path we found came out to $4,222. Here’s a breakdown of those expenses:
For details on how we arrived at each expense, see our methodology.
For now, forget about the added expenses of getting around Houston and filling up on hot dogs at the stadium. Tally the costs of the least expensive ticket ($3,286); three nights in the lowest-priced hotel room and split in half with a travel buddy ($195); and a cheap flight ($741), and you’re looking at a total of $4,222. Let’s put that figure in perspective:
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To estimate the total cost of attending the Super Bowl as a Boston resident, we gathered data on Super Bowl tickets, flights and lodging. All figures reflect data sourced Jan. 23, 2017, except the average HomeAway rate, which was provided Jan. 24, 2017.
Super Bowl tickets. The average and lowest listed prices for Super Bowl tickets were provided by TicketIQ, which is a third-party marketplace that aggregates over 90% of the tickets listed for sale online.
Lodging. Hipmunk and HomeAway provided data for hotel rooms and home rentals within Houston city limits. Hipmunk aggregates prices from top travel websites, and HomeAway facilitates renting of private properties. On both sites, we looked at the lowest listed nightly rates for Feb. 3 to 6. We also calculated for a double occupancy per bedroom or hotel room.
Flights. Flight cost is based on the average of the three cheapest flight options from Boston Logan International Airport to either George Bush Intercontinental Airport or William P. Hobby Airport, both in Houston. These flights were for any time departing Feb. 3 and returning Feb. 6, and sourced from travel website aggregator Kayak.
The three flights we averaged met the following criteria: the flight could have one layover at most; layovers could not be longer than three hours; and the cost must include the fee for one full-size carry-on bag, if the airline charges for such. Also, one of the three flights we pulled was the cheapest direct flight.
We also looked at the total cost of attending the Super Bowl as a percentage of income. We used these factors:
Household income. We used the 2015 median income for households in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton metro area. These data are from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
Hourly wages. These figures for workers in the Boston-Cambridge-Nashua area are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates.
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