A Bears fan looks on during the game between the Chicago Bears against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on December 18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.
Bears fans! Your loyalty comes with a price. A study by Wall Street 24/7 found that the Bears have the third most expensive tickets on the secondary market. An average ticket costs just under $220.
Part of this has to do with the Bears playing in the second largest market in the NFL. We live in an expensive city, so of course the sports tickets will cost more than they do in Minneapolis or Kansas City. The Cubs and Bulls also made the top five in their respective leagues.
The size of Soldier Field also factors in. Soldier Field has the smallest seating capacity in the league. It doesn't take an economist to realize that the lowered supply coupled with a high demand means a more expensive price point.
But is it worth it? The Bears have not won a Super Bowl since the 1985 season, and their last Super Bowl appearance was in 2006. Though they won a playoff game in 2010, the run ended with such a bad loss to Green Bay that it's hard to remember their win over the Seahawks. Last season ended with injuries to the biggest offensive stars.
Part of the reason people will pay that much is that a Bears game is more than just what happens on the football field. The tailgating, music, promotions, and camaraderie among Chicagoans all play into why people shell out so much money to go. But in a tough economy, will fans keep paying out this much?