The Most Affordable Pro Sports Stadiums for College Students

Looking for sports off campus? These are the most cost-efficient (aka cheap) stadiums and teams around the country--perfect for college students on a budget!

So you want to take a break from the student section and cheer on the pros, but MLB, NFL, and NBA tickets are so pricey. Well, not always—you’ll find great deals for the following teams and stadiums!

The trope of the starving college student may not be entirely accurate, but it can come close to the reality of campus life. Between tuition, books, groceries, college apparel, and fun, budgets can get a little tight.

Most colleges offer something in the way of free entertainment on campus throughout the year, from homecoming concerts to college sporting events. But for those who want to head off campus for, say, a pro sports game, ticket prices may seem out of reach. Luckily, some stadiums are stepping up their game when it comes to getting young people in the gates. Here are a few of the most cost-efficient (read: cheap) stadiums and teams around the country—perfect when you’re on a ramen noodle budget.


Los Angeles Angels: Angel Stadium

The best deal for a baseball game is Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, where you can get two adult tickets, two hot dogs, two drinks, and parking for under $50. Why is it so cheap? The stadium was originally built to hold an NFL team, so the surplus of seats combined with tons of parking make for plenty of room for fans to enjoy the game. That means cheaper tickets—less than $10 each on average—and a lot less to dish out on parking. You can save even more by carpooling or taking public transportation.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Dodger Stadium

In LA? You’re in luck! Dodger Stadium is another great bargain for college kids on a budget, with two tickets, dogs, drinks, and parking for $55. That could also be due to its crazy abundant seating—enough for over 56,000 baseball fans!

Honorable mentions

Grabbing tickets to see the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix will only set you back about $57 for two adult tickets, two hot dogs, two drinks, and parking. If you’re near Coors Field for a Colorado Rockies game, you can snag a deal for about $59.30 for the same amenities.

Sources: GOBankingRates and CBS News


Jacksonville Jaguars: EverBank Field

They may not be the best in the league, but heading to an NFL game is all about the experience, right? The average ticket price for the Jaguars in 2016 was about $43. Hotdogs ran for $5, and parking was about $25, but fans with passes can pay a yearly fee too.

Buffalo Bills: New Era Field

If you’re into cold weather and diehard fans, head to Buffalo for a game at New Era Field. In 2016, the average price of tickets was $36 per person, with hot dogs at only $5.50.

Honorable mentions

The Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, and Cincinnati Bengals all boast ticket prices averaging $40. Parking is often cheapest when the stadiums are near city centers, which give you the chance to find cheaper parking off stadium grounds.

Sources: MSN, CBS News, and Bankrate


Memphis Grizzlies: FedExForum

Tickets to a Memphis Grizzlies game will set you back about $50, but by buying more via package deals, the game price can drop to nearly $20 and even lower. Pool your money with some friends for a great deal!

New Orleans Pelicans: Smoothie King Center

At about $50 per ticket back in 2014, the New Orleans Pelicans continued to boast incredibly low ticket prices for the 2016–2017 season—and that’s likely to continue. Add in roughly $10–$12 for a drink and a hot dog and you’ve got a decently priced evening.

Honorable mentions

The Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons, and Phoenix Suns all had tickets less than $60 per person when bought individually during the last few seasons. However, family nights and ticket packages accounted for big-time drops and deals, so college students should keep an eye out for announcements via team e-mails and social media channels.

Sources: Nerdwallet, Time, and Barry’s Tickets

Heading out to a sporting event can be a great option even for college students on a budget. Checking social media for deals, knowing where to head for low-price tickets, and being a part of fan e-mails can ensure a great time no matter how much you have in your wallet.

Like what you’re reading?

Join the CollegeXpress community! Create a free account and we’ll notify you about new articles, scholarship deadlines, and more.

Join Now

athletics MLB NBA NFL professional sports saving money sports sports fans student life

Join our community of
over 5 million students!

CollegeXpress has everything you need to simplify your college search, get connected to schools, and find your perfect fit.

Join CollegeXpress


High School Class of 2019

My college search began at CollegeXpress. Due to this helpful tool, I was able to gather a lot of information to guide my college planning decisions. Through CollegeXpress, I was also able to apply to several scholarships to help pay for my tuition. I would definitely recommend this website to anyone who wants to explore colleges and get more information from admission experts, counselors, and real students.

Kyla McClain

Kyla McClain

High School Class of 2024

I found CollegeXpress when you partnered with for a scholarship. I found your website, put my information in, and got connected. I only wanted to stay in North Carolina [for college] and not move far from home, but you all opened a door up for me. I started researching colleges you suggested for me. On your social media platforms, you also give really good test-taking tips that I used and suggested others to do the same. It helped me a lot on my exams, so thank you.

Daniel Ogunlokun

Daniel Ogunlokun

High School Class of 2022

When I started looking at colleges in the beginning of my senior year, I was conflicted about which ones I wanted to attend based on safety, tuition costs, location, academic rigor, and prestige. Searching the internet and getting more questions than answers, I came across CollegeXpress, which made all the steps I had taken look like a minor issue. Everything was summarized and detailed, and I couldn't be more thankful and appreciative.

Kelly Nogueiro

Kelly Nogueiro


For me, CollegeXpress has given me a valuable tool to use with my students to explore colleges easily beyond objective data. It helps me find colleges for students that fit their needs and wants that aren’t quite so black and white. It's a wealth of knowledge, and the Type-A side of me loves all the lists and the fact that I know they're coming from folks who know what they're talking about. I share it with colleagues and students alike, and it's always well received.

Jeannie Borin, M.Ed.

Jeannie Borin, M.Ed.

President and Founder, College Connections

I frequently visit CollegeXpress to answer questions from students and parents. There are countless hot topics in admissions that need to be addressed. I enjoy reading what my colleagues post and gain additional insight from different perspectives.

College Matches

Colleges You May Be Interested In

Linfield University

McMinnville, OR

Iona University

New Rochelle, NY

Molloy University

Rockville Centre, NY