$80,000 for a football seat! Look out Atlanta

Uh, oh.

Let’s hope this isn’t a dollar sign of things to come here in Atlanta.

In San Francisco, where the NFL 49ers will in a few years move from their longtime Candlestick Park home into a swank new billion dollar football palace in nearby Santa Clara, the price to see their playoff-bound squad is soaring. And soaring.

To $80,000. (Note: this is not a typo).

That will be the top cost, according to a report from NBC News, for what we’ve come to lovingly call the “personal seat license.” Which is what you have to buy in order to have the right to purchase season tickets to actually watch the games in person.

Premium game tickets, by the way, can run a few K apiece, on top of that PSL.

This is noteworthy here in the ATL as Arthur Blank and his Falcons head on down the road to a pigskin pleasure palace of their own.

No cost estimate yet on seats at the Georgia Dome replacement but, one might say, the San Fran deal sets the bar. A very high bar.

15 comments Add your comment

Billo

January 11th, 2012
10:43 am

Its Liberal leading destructive Califiornia, what do you expect? They live in there own universe.

Bro

January 11th, 2012
11:32 am

Just goes to show that “there’s a fool born every minute”.

Lili

January 11th, 2012
11:36 am

I was born and raised in Georgia, have been a fan of the Falcons as long as I can remember and my advice to them is this : Don’t shoo tyourselves in the foot by following this idiot trend. Because I guarantee you will not get enough people in the seats to pay for such an unnecessarily lavish monstrocity and its probable that you will go bankrupt in the end.

stop red neck english

January 11th, 2012
12:00 pm

I’m a Republican, and I can’t stand it when idiots from either side can’t figure out “their, there, and they’re”. Come on Billo – you make us all look stupid.

Just asking

January 11th, 2012
12:58 pm

When did coporate greed become liberal and can global warming be blamed on the liberal left also. Billo you are a DA

Jim

January 11th, 2012
6:26 pm

I don’t wish to hurt the feelings of you bozos but I completely agree with Billo. He speaks from truth rather than from political correctness.

Brutus

January 11th, 2012
6:30 pm

@stop red neck english 12:00. Billo doesn’t make you look stupid, you do that without any help.

LifetimeFalconsFan

January 11th, 2012
6:36 pm

The Georgia Dome is soulless and boring, but it’s still in very good shape. I love the Falcons, have all my life, and I rue the fact that we have a dome in Atlanta (while they play outdoors in Green Bay!!!).
But no, Arthur, you may not have a new billion-dollar stadium while the one we already have is far from decrepit, and tickets are already so expensive that I’m lucky if I can go to watch the (infuriatingly inconsistent) Falcons play once a season.

Darvocet spending

January 11th, 2012
8:41 pm

Billo

January 11th, 2012
10:43 am

Its Liberal leading destructive Califiornia, what do you expect? They live in there own universe.

I expected a bad post like this, but I’ll explain it to you: it’s not about crazy liberals, which you reactionaries see in your sleep. It’s about demand.

There are far more wealthier residents in and around San Fran/Silicon Valley than there are in other NFL markets. It’s unforeseeable that ticket prices would be that high in Atlanta, because we don’t have as many millionaires and billionaires living here. Obviously they wouldn’t consider charging $80 grand for seats if they didn’t feel they could fetch that price.

Stop the childish reactions and think before you post.

arthur's new stadium

January 11th, 2012
10:36 pm

arthur’s wanting his expensive new open air stadium–he’ll get chump atlanta taxpayers and fans to pay 100% of the $800 million, but he’ll keep all the revenues!! that’s why he’s a billionaire—time to pay up chumps!!

Road Scholar

January 12th, 2012
7:17 am

Billo: Before you make such an assinine remark (with word usage errors), you should look at the ticket prices in that liberal bastion Texas. Jerry Jones got his way… and at what cost. Corporate ticket holders are driving the general public away from being able to adfford tickets.

If Arthur wants an outside stadium, play the game in a field and televise it…that is the only way for the general public being able to afford it!

Road Scholar

January 12th, 2012
7:18 am

adfford should be afford…oops!

Rock Gaines

January 12th, 2012
9:01 am

I don’t think there will be $80,000 PSLs if and when the new Falcons stadium is built. Like someone else said, the people that have that amount of money don’t live in Georgia. A new state of the art stadium that is capable of hosting Super Bowls will be close to $1 billion.

Additional taxes on hotel rooms, rental cars, and airport parking have usually been utilized to help finance new stadiums and arenas. When a municipality can’t generate enough revenue (or is not willing to use tax dollars toward a stadium), then the teams have been turning towards Personal Seat Licenses (PSLs). I believe the Falcons will offer PSLs to help make the money to pay for the venue.

If this new stadium is built, a retractable roof is required so Atlanta can host Super Bowls. The economic environment in the NFL is such that if you don’t have $150.00 per person to spend to watch a game in person, then you’re better off watching from home.

new stadium

January 12th, 2012
11:13 pm

the Ga dome is old and out of date. The city needs to build blank a new stadium with all the bells and whistles—just jack up sales taxes and property taxes a few years to pay for it and load on fees for hotels, etc. for funding. It will be worth it.

Old Timer

January 13th, 2012
9:28 am

PSLs won’t work in a “fair weather fan” city like ATL. They are only viable when a team’s season tix are consistently sold out and there is a waiting list… you know demand for them. ATL is not a PSL kind of town. Falcons have a hard enough time selling tix now, and it’s not because they play in the Dome.