The Real Cost of Being a Football Fan

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

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This analysis examines the costs of being both "super fans" and "casual fans" of Ohio State University. In both cases, a family of four with two children, from Columbus, Ohio, is considered. Super fans are assumed to have tickets for all 12 of Ohio State's regular-season games for 2011. Costs of travel are factored into each of the five road games, assuming two nights in a three-star hotel for all five road cities. In addition, super fans fly on economy-class tickets and rent an economy-class car for their trips to games in Miami, Fla., and Lincoln, Neb. For the remaining three road games (West Lafayette, Ind.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Urbana-Champaign, Ill.), the family is assumed to drive, for which the trips' fuel costs are calculated according to what a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe that gets 21 miles per gallon (highway) would consume.