- Jon Greenberg, Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears continue to be one of the most expensive tickets in the National Football League, and even after three straight seasons without making the playoffs, the team increased prices this year by about 6 percent.
According to Team Marketing Report's annual Fan Cost Index survey, the Bears have the fifth-most expensive average ticket in the NFL at $93.55, or about $17 more than the league average. Last year, that figure was $88.33, unchanged from the previous season. These averages do not include club seats or suites.
The New England Patriots ($117.84), New York Jets ($114.64), New York Giants ($111.69) and Dallas Cowboys ($110.20) are the only teams with higher average prices. The Jets and Giants moved into New Meadowlands Stadium this season.
The NFL average ticket is $76.47, a 4.5 percent increase from last season. The Bears' average "premium" seat is $372, well above the league average of $238.94.
The Fan Cost Index (FCI) looks at what a family of four can expect to spend at a sporting event. The FCI formula consists of four average-priced "general" tickets, using season ticket prices, two small beers, four small soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking, two game programs and two hats.
The Bears' FCI number is $523.20, also fifth-highest in the league. The Bears were third in FCI last year, but were passed up by both New York teams.
Chicago is one of 19 teams to boast a beer price at $7 or more, with a 16-ounce beer costing $8 at Soldier Field. The league average is $6.90.
The Chicago Bears have the fifth-highest average ticket price in the NFL.