10 Best Premium NFL Seats For The 2012 Football Season
If you want to draw large corporations into your stadium and the big money that comes with them, it helps to throw in a private apartment, food from top chefs and free beer every so often. Three-quarters of U.S. sports teams have either built or remodeled their venues in the past two decades with an eye toward increased luxury options. With suites contributing 5% to 20% of total team revenue, those high-paying playpens and other swanky seating areas have become necessities for teams looking to boost the bottom line.
We took a look around the league, consulted average luxury seating prices for NFL stadiums as compiled by Team Marketing Report and came up with pro football's Top 10 places for luxury pampering. From endless gourmet food to time on the field, these seats get corporate and well-heeled fans into the game even when the gridiron action isn't so great:
Lucas Oil Field
Average premium ticket price: $246.17
So Peyton Manning's gone, the team went 2-14 last year and rookie quarterback Andrew Luck gets the ball to start the 2012 season. Who wants seconds at the nacho bar? Back when Manning was slinging the ball to Reggie Wayne and guiding the Colts to the Super Bowl, it was a whole lot easier to pack Lucas Oil Field's 137 suites. Now those personal televisions between each showing of DirecTVs' (DTV) NFL Sunday Ticket are a much bigger perk for fans in the stadium's dozen super suites, while the 10 feet between fans and the endzone in the stadium's eight field suites may be a bit too close for comfort this year.