A new survey released today by Expedia® found that more than 80 percent of football fans with tickets to an important game would travel an average of 554 miles to see their team play, and 40 percent of football fans would pass up a hot date or their own birthday party to go to a professional football game. These are just a few examples of how pro football fans say they prioritize their enthusiasm for America’s favorite pastime, according to Expedia, the Official Travel Team of the NFL.
“More than two-thirds of Americans are fans of the NFL, and for many, that passion extends well beyond their living rooms, permeating their travel and social plans during the football season,” said Sean Kell, general manager of Expedia.com. “As the Official Travel Team of the NFL, Expedia is here to help fans plan their football weekends, whether they’re following their favorite team on the road or making a city weekend in their hometown.”
Expedia’s “Go Like Pro™ Survey” revealed just how far dedicated professional football fans will go to support their teams, what they would give up to catch a game, even whether or not they prefer their child play the field rather than hit the books. Below is a breakout of the results that show the impact professional football has on Americans’ lives:
Catching the Away Game Action
· Going the Distance: For eight in ten pro football fans, having tickets to an important football game means they’d make the effort to get to the stadium, even if it wasn’t nearby. The average trek those who would be willing to travel would make is 554 miles.
· The End Zone: Nearly one in five say they’d travel 1,000 miles or more to see the action live.
Best Offense is a Good Defense
· Offsides: Eighteen percent of pro football fans are so dedicated to their team that they could never marry a fan of their team’s biggest rivals.
· Priorities, Priorities: Some fans are even willing to be a no-show at important occasions. Avoiding their own birthday party (41 percent), a hot date (39 percent), the birthday party of a friend or family member (35 percent) or jury duty (31 percent) all make their lists of acceptable occasions to skip in favor of attending a game.
· Making the Grade: One-quarter of professional football fans have a better memory for pro football stats and scores than they do for birthday and anniversary dates of their friends and families.
Play Hard, Work Less?
· Great Expectations: More than four in ten professional football lovers would rather see a child of theirs become a star professional football player than win a Nobel Prize.
· Calling in Sick: Nearly six in ten pro football fans would skip work if they had tickets to an important game.
o Younger fans would be more willing than their older counterparts to miss work for an important game. 73 percent of those ages 18-29 say they’d gladly not show their faces at work, only 54 percent of those 30 and older would do the same.
· Sore Losers: The fallout from watching their favorite team lose is no small matter for America’s professional football fans. More than half admit it takes at least a day for their moods to recover. In fact, the average time it takes for this group to feel better is two days.
o Of those devoted football fans who note that they need mood recovery time after their team loses, a passionately involved 30 percent admit it would take 3-7 days to smile again.
Making Tight Ends Meet
· Cha Ching! A majority, (61 percent) of pro football devotees say they’d gladly spend their money on a Super Bowl ticket if their favorite team were to make it.
o Of the fans who’d buy a Super Bowl ticket to see their team compete, an average of $694 is what they’d be willing to part with just to snag a seat.
· Coughing it Up: Pro football enthusiasts don’t hesitate to plunk down the big bucks to pursue their passion during the season. Those who spend money on being fans part with an average of $483 each year on everything from going to the games to collecting memorabilia to joining fantasy leagues.
o For a loyal 23 percent of pro football aficionados who spend money being a fan, it costs $500 or more each year to pursue their passion
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