Cost of Being a Minnesota Sports Fan Gives Sticker Shock to Most

Updated: 05/13/2014 1:23 PM
Created: 05/12/2014 11:14 PM
By: Tom Hauser

If you experience price "sticker shock" when attending major professional sports events in Minnesota, you're not alone.  That doesn't make it any easier to fork over $9.50 for a beer at a Wild game or $6 for a hot dog at a Twins game, but at least you're not alone. 

According to Team Marketing Report of Chicago, it costs an average of $1,312.15 for a family of four to go to one game each in 2013-14 featuring the Twins, Wild, Vikings and Timberwolves. The cost is calculated as part of Team Marketing Report's "Fan Cost Index" (FCI). The FCI includes four average-price tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and the two least expensive adult-size caps. 

The FCI for the Twins this season is $215.36. By comparison, the FCI for the team in 1974 calculated by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS was about $25.20. That means the cost of a Twins game for a family of four is up about 755 percent in 40 years, about twice the 379 percent rate of inflation over that same period.

However, a Twins game doesn't seem so bad compared to the Vikings FCI of $446.26 or the Wild at $376.55. The Timberwolves FCI stands at $273.98. The Twins and Wild costs are both slightly above their league averages. The Vikings and Timberwolves are both slightly below. However, the Vikings cost is expected to rise markedly when they move into their new stadium in 2016.

Find promotional ticket deals offered by each of the teams to help make an outing affordable for your family here. You'll also find links to old Twins concession menus and ticket prices from the 1960's and 1970's. 

However, be warned that seeing 35-cent Frosty Malts, 50-cent hot dogs and 60-cent beers from 1974 might make you feel even worse the next time you buy that $9.50 beer.

The cost of attending a professional game in the Twin Cities is estimated to cost a family of four more than $1,000.
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