Buffalo was recently named the ‘Most Affordable City in America’ by Forbes, and if they pared it down to a list of the ‘Most Affordable NFL Cities,’ it would top that too.
The list factored in housing affordability, cost of living, cost of food, utilities, gas, and other miscellaneous expenses on a weighted scale, giving Buffalo the lowest score in the country and claim to the affordability throne.
Second overall was Memphis with a score of 91.8 to Buffalo’s 96.1, and the second most affordable NFL city was Cincinnati, which came in third overall at a 96.5 based on Forbes’ calculations.
With some of the lowest ticket prices in the league, this puts the affordability of going to a Bills game into perspective.
“Buffalo is a very cost conscious market and we certainly have taken that into account in developing our pricing structure,” said Marc J. Honan, Bills senior vice president of marketing and broadcasting.
The average price of a ticket to a game at Ralph Wilson Stadium is $57.75, ranking the Bills near the top of the league in terms of affordability.
“We are a volume business and we work very hard to sell every ticket in our stadium so that we can keep prices affordable,” said Honan.
While keeping ticket prices affordable provides an assist to the fans, the cost of living can be assist for the football department in the recruitment of free agents. For a recent signee like
"That's actually one of the things I'm really excited about," Rivers said. "It definitely factored a bit into my decision."
Other NFL cities to make the ‘Most Affordable’ top 20 include only Detroit, St. Louis, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Tampa, all whose ticket prices are not as proportional as Buffalo’s are to its cost-of-living ranking.