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Hard Rock Stadium Named Among the Cheapest Stadiums in NFL

Relative to other NFL venues, Hard Rock Stadium offers a decent deal for cash-strapped football fans.
Fans cheer on the Dolphins during their game against the Houston Texans at Hard Rock Stadium in November 2022.
Fans cheer on the Dolphins during their game against the Houston Texans at Hard Rock Stadium in November 2022. Photo by Eric Espada/GettyImages
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As Miami consistently ranks among the most expensive places to live in the United States, it's reasonable to assume that the disposable income available to Miami residents for activities such as entertainment and leisure is at a low point.

Thankfully, compared to the rest of the nation's NFL fanbases, being a fan of the Miami Dolphins appears to be a downright bargain, particularly considering the touchdown-to-dollar scale will be off the charts if Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill, and Raheem Mostert's first two weeks of play are any indication of things to come. 

While the expenses that come with attending an NFL game add up, a recent study by found that Hard Rock Stadium, home to the Miami Dolphins, ranks as the eighth-cheapest gameday experience in the league.

The study didn't factor in gas, car insurance, or dealing with traffic on I-95, but we're listening anyway.

Tickets, Parking, Beer, and Hotdogs

The methodology behind the analysis ran through various costs associated with attending games at each of the 30 NFL stadiums nationwide — including ticket prices, parking, and concessions. 

The study found that Paycor Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals, was the most affordable NFL stadium for fans. With a seating capacity of roughly 65,000, an average ticket price of $82, a low cost of concessions, and an average parking fee of around $11 per car, Bengals' supporters are getting the best bang for their buck among the league's fanbases, according to the study.

By comparison, Miami's Hard Rock Stadium, with a capacity of 65,326, clocked in with an average ticket price of $92.51 and average parking costs of $32.50, while a beer can be had for $5, and a hotdog costs as little as $4.

In contrast, the study found the most expensive NFL experience at Allegiant Stadium in Nevada, home to the Las Vegas Raiders, where the average ticket price tops $150, a beer cost $10, and parking will set you back more than $40, according to the study.

2026 World Cup Ranking

As with many NFL venues, Hard Rock Stadium is much more than just a place the Miami Dolphins utilize a handful of times a year. As the United States prepares to cohost the 2026 FIFA World Cup with Canada and Mexico, the study found that the home of the Dolphins  — one of the 11 stateside stadiums that will play host to matches — is poised to be the second-cheapest for internationally arriving fans.

The study is a bit incomplete in this category, however, as ticket prices for World Cup games are not available yet, and the rankings are based on estimates drawn from NFL game-day prices.

Correction published 9/27/2023 8:35 p.m.: The press release announcing the results of's study listed incorrectly ordered stadium rankings, which were included in the original version of this story.

Our sister publication Phoenix New Times discovered the error when it contacted the marketing agency that issued the press release, regarding discrepancies between the press release rankings and the underlying study data.

This article has been updated to include the corrected rankings, which list Hard Rock Stadium as the eighth-cheapest stadium, not the third-cheapest as the media release indicated.
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