Football is the most popular sport in America, but you don’t have to blow your saving just to get tickets. With these buying tips from SeatGeek, you’ll be armed with the tools to find the best deals to see your favorite NFL team.

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Tip 1: Wait until a week or two before the game to buy tickets.
On average, NFL fans pay 29 percent less when they buy tickets within two weeks of a game compared to a month or more ahead of time. However, there are caveats. If it’s a popular game there might be less inventory available, so finding your perfect seat could be harder. Waiting until the last minute to buy is a great option for folks traveling solo or in a small group, but if you’re looking for tickets for a large group or an odd number of people, it might be better to buy sooner.nfl

Tip 2: Check out the opponent.
If you want to see your local team play, then keep a close eye on the schedule, as prices can vary widely depending on who is the opposing team. Teams with a national following (Cowboys, Steelers) and teams that are successful (Eagles, Patriots) tend to drive up prices more than the teams that have struggled as of late.

Tip 3: Compare tickets by value instead of price.
If you’re operating on a budget, finding the cheapest possible tickets to just get in the door may be your only choice. But those who are able to spend a little extra should attempt to find the best value.

For example, you may be able to find tickets that cost $10 more, but are 20 rows closer to the field. Or instead of buying tickets in the end zone, for $10 more you might be able to sit along the sideline near midfield. We at SeatGeek developed a tool for this called Deal Score, which analyzes thousands of ticket listings and rates the best bargains. Look for the green dots on our maps to signify a great value so that you know you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

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