The NFL season is underway, and while football tickets can often be pricey, they don’t have to be. Check out SeatGeek’s top tips for saving money on Pittsburgh Steelers tickets this year.

Waiting to Buy Can Pay Off

As one of the most popular teams in the country, many Steelers fans who are making a trip to Heinz Field will buy their tickets far in advance. However, those who wait until the last minute may find the best deals. Over the past five years fans who purchased tickets the week of the game saved 32 percent compared to those who bought tickets a month or more out from the game. Of course this rule is not always applicable, especially for those who want to sit in a specific area, but waiting to buy can certainly pay off.

Pay Attention to the Time of Year

We all know how cold Pittsburgh winters can get, so many fans try to get to games earlier in the year. With this in mind, savvy shoppers who are willing to bundle up can find some great deals late in the season, in what are oftentimes make-or-break games. This season the games with the best values are the December 25 game against the Ravens, and the January 1 game against the Browns.

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Take a Trip to Cleveland

It is only a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh to Cleveland, and fans willing to make the trip can save a ton of money. Ticket prices in Cleveland for the matchup with the Steelers are almost half of what they are in Pittsburgh, so smart fans will hop in the car Sunday morning and make the trip.

Sort by Value, Not Price

Attending an NFL game is an investment of time and money, and like any other purchase fans want to make sure they are getting the biggest bang for their buck. While the natural instinct may just be to look for the least expensive ticket, oftentimes fans can spend a few more dollars and get far better seats. Using a tool like Deal Score is the smart way to shop, as it helps let fans know which tickets are the best value, and which might be best to avoid.