The Chicago Bears were an extremely competitive team under former head coach Lovie Smith. In fact, they were 10-6 a year ago, but it wasn’t good enough for the playoffs and the Bears’ brass sent Smith packing.
While Smith’s defensive mindset may be missed, incoming head coach Marc Trestman brings an elite offensive mind to run the show — something the Bears haven’t had in years.
With Trestman on board, quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte could easily hit career numbers, and a more explosive offense could potentially combine with a still top-end defense to push Chicago back into postseason play.
The new excitement has made already pricey Chicago tickets ($372 on average in 2012) spike up by 16% to $433 on average in 2013. Bears fans won’t mind paying the extra cash, though, as Cutler and company have the look of a determined team heading into the new season.
With their new home ticket price in mind, let’s take a look at the Bears’ top three home games for 2013 and compare prices:
Top 3 Games
(10/10) vs. New York Giants | Avg: $486 | Get-in: $155
Eli Manning and the G-Men march into Chicago for the Bears’ most expensive home game of the year. The Giants pose a significant threat, but it’s an early season meeting and one the Bears should have a good chance at winning. To do so, Chicago’s revamped offensive line will have to keep New York’s elite pass-rush at bay. All things considered, Chicago fans are getting a bit of a deal here, as this much-anticipated battle is just 12% pricier than the home average ticket.
(12/9) vs. Dallas Cowboys | Avg: $458 | Get-in: $158
This matchup has Tony Romo and the Cowboys’ potent offense coming into town, with a potential shootout on display. Chicago will want to establish the run to keep Romo on the sidelines, while this is another value buy at just 6% over the home game average for 2013.
(12/29) vs. Green Bay Packers | Avg: $456 | Get-in: $157
Aaron Rodgers and the division rival Packers come into Chicago in the season finale. This one could very well have serious division and playoff implications. Once you add the heated rivalry to the mix, you’ve got the steal of the year for Bears vs. Packers tickets at just 5% more expensive than the normal home game in Chicago.