There is a famous National Football League story/myth/legend involving fans from the famous “Dawg Pound” section of the Cleveland Browns. Back in the 1980s when the Browns had arguably the best home-field advantage in the league, a group of male fans were allowed to carry a doghouse into the stadium. What was odd was that it would take up to six guys to carry the doghouse into Municipal Stadium, but only two or three were required to remove the house from the venue after games.
It was eventually learned that the men were (allegedly) sneaking a full keg of beer into the stadium on game days so that they could drink and save money while watching the Browns in person.
Football and beer go together like…well, like football and beer. It’s no coincidence that multiple brewing companies advertise during NFL games each and every Sunday. While the average price for a beer at NFL regular season games has risen from a year ago, half of the teams in the league offer cheap beers that fall under that $7.53 average price point.
These are the 10 cheapest beer prices at NFL games for 2014.
10. Tennessee Titans: $7.00 for 16-Ounce Beer
The Titans are an NFL franchise that is somewhat in limbo, and that is reflected in the team’s lowest beer price. Tennessee has a decent defense capable of keeping the team in games. Those running the club are not sure if they have a true franchise quarterback in Jake Locker.
Then Titans are not bad enough that they should offer the lowest beer price in the league, nor do they produce a product worthy of above-average beer prices.
It’s not all doom and gloom for the Titans. Rookie Zach Mettenberger may be the answer at quarterback for Tennessee. His being a success could lead to beer prices at Titans games rising.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: $7.00 for 16-Ounce Beer
One positive you can say about the Jags: They like to save fans money. Along with having inexpensive beers on tap, Jacksonville also offers discounts on ticket prices. The team has the second-lowest average ticket price in the NFL for 2014.
Jacksonville fans could use the financial break. The team has been an NFL laughingstock for years.
Like the Titans, the Jaguars are hoping they have a savior in a rookie quarterback. Blake Bortles out of UCF was taken by Jacksonville in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Some experts believe Bortles to be the best quarterback of the ’14 draft class.
8. Indianapolis Colts: $7.00 for 16-Ounce Beer
Indianapolis fans don’t have a lot to complain about. Their favorite team plays in a beautiful stadium – Lucas Oil Stadium – one that is an indoor venue. Andrew Luck is perhaps the best young quarterback in the league who is on the cusp of becoming a superstar. The Colts are playoff mainstays just about every January.
$7.00 for a beer at a Colts game isn’t too shabby.
Indianapolis is one of several contenders to offer below-average beer prices. Two of the other teams on this list have made Super Bowl trips in the past few years, and one of them hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Next is a franchise that features a starting quarterback who is rather familiar with the Colts.
7. Denver Broncos: $6.75 for 16-Ounce Beer
The Broncos are routinely considered to have one of the top home-field advantages in the NFL. Perhaps their beer prices are part of the magic. The truth of the matter is that it can get awful cold up in the Denver altitude during the second half of seasons.
The beer may be chilled, but a few of them can warm a person up in a hurry.
Having Peyton Manning at quarterback would, in theory, justify the Broncos selling beer at high prices. Manning is the best regular season quarterback of his generation, he and the Denver offense put up historic numbers in 2013, and he helped the team reach the Super Bowl last year.
6. New York Jets: $5.00 for 12-Ounce Beer
Insert your own versions of “Jets fans need to drink to watch the team play!” jokes here.
Give it to New York for making something that isn’t actually a great deal appear to be one. $5.00 for a beer at a NFL game seems like a fantastic price at first glance; and then you realize that you’re paying for a 12-ounce beer and not a 16-ounce beverage.
Members of Gang Green who make treks to East Rutherford on NFL Sundays can take public transportation to and from the stadium. MetLife Stadium is one of the newer and more-modern sporting venues in the United States. Patrons can grab a beer for $5.00 at games.
Now, if only the Jets can relocate their winning ways.
5. New York Giants: $5.00 for 12-Ounce Beer
It makes sense that the Giants and Jets would offer identical beer prices. They do, after all, share MetLife Stadium. Changing concession prices on a weekly basis would be an awful pain for those who work for the team and the stadium.
Then again, the Giants and Jets are not equal franchises.
The Jets haven’t won a title since Broadway Joe Namath famously raised his index finger in celebration as he jogged off the field on that fateful day. Big Blue, on the other hand, has been good for a Super Bowl championship per decade since the mid-80s. The Giants have twice won it all in the past seven years.
4. Houston Texans: $5.00 for 12-Ounce Beer
It has been a rough 12 months for Houston football fans. The Texans began the 2013 campaign hot before spiraling out of control and finishing the campaign as the worst team in the NFL. Star rookie Jadeveon Clowney, taken with the first overall pick of last May’s draft, injured his knee in the 2014 regular season opener. He is set to miss over a month of action.
$5.00 for even a 12-ounce beer at any NFL stadium is a fair price. Fans who attend Houston home games don’t have to worry about the elements. The Texans, like the Colts, play indoors.
Just think of the next fan base featured in this piece, Houston supporters, and remember that things could be worse.
3. Cleveland Browns: $5.00 for 12-Ounce Beer
Cheap beer alone doesn’t erase the fact that going to Browns games has been a largely miserable experience over the years. Cleveland has been lousy since the team went 10-6 in 2007. It’s cold and windy on the Lake Erie shoreline just about every day from late October through the end of NFL regular seasons.
The team has taken steps to reward fans who watch games at FirstEnergy Stadium. It has spent $120 million on stadium renovations that include improved concessions and larger scoreboards. The Browns drafted phenom college football quarterback Johnny Manziel last May.
Still, the Browns could have made the $5.00 beers 16-ouncers. It’s the least those fans deserve.
2. Cincinnati Bengals: $5.00 for 14-Ounce Beer
The Bengals: “We’re better than the Browns in every way!”
Outside of total NFL championships, that saying is accurate. The Bengals give you two additional ounces per $5.00 beer. Cincinnati has a proven quarterback in Andy Dalton and one of the best wide receivers in the NFL – one who doesn’t get popped for failed drug tests – in A.J. Green. Some believe the Bengals to have the best defense in the AFC.
You were born in the wrong place, northeast Ohio football fans.
1. St. Louis Rams: $4.50 for 12-Ounce Beer
It’s incredible that St. Louis can offer the cheapest beer – albeit a 12-ounce drink – in the NFL. The team gave quarterback Sam Bradford $50 million guaranteed in 2010. Bradford has since twice torn his ACL, and it is believed that the Rams have already started searching for a new starting quarterback even though Bradford is signed through the end of the 2015 season.
Enjoy those $4.50 beers while you can, St. Louis fans. It is being heavily rumored that the Rams could announce as soon as next year that they are leaving the city. The Rams are being linked with a return to Los Angeles.