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The Real Cost of Being a Football Fan

By Alex McIntyre - 2011-09-26T19:38:09Z

Photograph by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

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Watching The Game

Casual fan:

$139: DirecTV ESPN GamePlan package

$1,316: House party costs (4 games; cost details in later slides)

Super fan:

$1,980: Ohio State season ticket package (4 tickets, 7 games)

$4,745: Home game costs (tailgating/stadium, concessions; cost details in later slides)

$10,079: Road game costs (5 games; includes hotel/car/airfare package, parking, fuel costs, tickets; cost details in later slides)

The tally: Casual fan, $1,455; Super fan, $16,804