The Miami Dolphins have gone through a lot of trouble to make sure their fans don’t go unsatisfied in 2013. After drafting their franchise quarterback in Ryan Tannehill a year ago, they’ve left no stone unturned this off-season, bringing in deep ball wide receiver Mike Wallace, re-signing productive #2 wide receiver Brian Hartline, and also signing tight end Dustin Keller.
In addition, Miami has spot-filled at corner, drafted elite pass-rushing prospect Dion Jordan, and stole inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe from the Baltimore Ravens. Talent-wise, they appear primed for a huge season on paper, and even with all the changes, their home games are still only $159 on average.
If all of Miami’s moves pay off, there’s a chance Dolphins fans will be getting the best per game bargain of any NFL fan base in 2013. With that in mind, let’s breakdown Miami Dolphins tickets against their six AFC East battles and take a look at the prices:
(10/20) vs. Buffalo Bills | Avg: $140 | Get-in: $26
The Bills kick things off, as they’ve made several positive changes of their own and could field a similarly competitive young roster. Buffalo doesn’t look quite as good as Miami does on paper, but this game is still a tremendous value, coming in at 12% under Miami’s home game average. It’s a solid value and it’s a game the Dolphins should win.
(12/15) vs. New England Patriots | Avg: $191 | Get-in: $46
Miami is far from a lock to take the Patriots down in this mid-December meeting, but a date with Tom Terrific and all of his minions should still be worth the price. Even with all the star power and this game being 20% above Miami’s average home game, it’s still under $200 on average. Talk about a deal.
(12/29) vs. New York Jets | Avg: $179 | Get-in: $35
Season finale. Against the much hated and awful Jets. And it’s under $200. Every Dolphins fan wants to be at this game, even if Miami is sitting on a 3-12 record. How about potential playoff implications, too? Either way, it’s a game you’ll have to be at, even though it’s 13% higher than the average Dolphins home contest.
(10/27) @ New England Patriots | Avg: $374 | Get-in: $116
Miami will probably have better luck stealing a win at home against the Pats later in December (see above), but they still have a chance here if they can catch them off guard. Obviously this one is pricey due to being a Patriots home game, so the Miami duel is preferred, but it’d be completely worth the price and trip if the Dolphins could manifest the upset.
(12/1) @ New York Jets | Avg: $212 | Get-in: $27
Playing in New York tends to cost a pretty penny or three, but Dolphins fans won’t mind as they kick off a hopefully productive December in style. They could see the passing of the torch from Mark Sanchez to Geno Smith in this one, or simply take solace in everything that is woeful about New York’s offense, regardless. A win’s a win, and Miami should have a great chance at squeaking one out here.
(12/22) @ Buffalo Bills | Avg: $120 | Get-in: $23
It’s a tough divisional matchup the week before the season finale, but if in playoff contention, this one should fuel the fire just as much. Luckily this is another projected win, even with it being on the road, and fans can get in for well under the season average.