The hype may be bigger than the expected on-field return, but few can deny the fanfare surrounding the Los Angeles Rams’ Southern California homecoming in 2016. The team has permanently returned to L.A. for the 2016 NFL season and beyond, marking the end of a 21-year stay in the city of St. Louis that boasted five playoff appearances and one Super Bowl victory in 1999.
While the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum prepares to host the first Rams home games since 1994, it appears fans will be paying up to be a part of the historical season. There is already a big demand for 2016 Los Angeles Rams tickets on the resale market in the months leading up to opening kickoff.
According to online aggregator Razorgator, NFL tickets to both Rams home preseason games against the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs are garnering big price points. The cheapest ticket for the first preseason game against the Cowboys is currently $101, while tickets are priced for as high as $331. The Chiefs’ game will be slightly cheaper to attend, with tickets starting from $61 and maxing out at $278.
Ticket prices will only increase as the regular season approaches. The Rams’ first regular season home game will be played against the Seattle Seahawks on September 18. That will easily be the most expensive game of the season in Los Angeles, with the get-in price starting from $175 and the top-priced tickets listed from a whopping $2,988.
The Rams will take on the reigning NFC champion Carolina Panthers on November 6. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that meeting is among the most expensive home games on the Rams schedule this season. Tickets on the resale market currently start from $99 to see the Rams battle Cam Newton and Co. while the highest-priced tickets are going for $995 each. However, parking won’t be nearly as expensive for those driving to the game. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum parking can be found on ParkWhiz.com for the lowest rates on independent lots surrounding the stadium.
While the inaugural game against the Seahawks serves as the top-priced game in L.A. this season, the second-most expensive home game of the season will come against the San Francisco 49ers on December 24. The Christmas Eve game, which will be the second meeting of the season between the two rivals, will be the first time the two have clashed in L.A. since the 1994 season. Fans looking to attend the first showdown back in the City of Angels can find tickets ranging between $123 and $1,194 on Razorgator.
For those interested in attending the cheapest Rams games this season, look no further than November 20 against the Miami Dolphins and New Year’s Day against the Arizona Cardinals. The Dolphins matchup will be the cheapest-priced game of the season for the Rams, as tickets start from $88 and max out at $991. In what will be the final home game of the regular season, Rams tickets against the Cardinals on January 1 can be found between $92 and $945.
Tickets may be pricey, but only time will tell if the Rams live up to the big expectations of relocating back to Los Angeles. Many NFL analysts predict the team to have a five or six-win season, with may keep the fan base on a short fuse should the franchise continue its recent losing culture. The Rams have not had a winning season since 2003 and have ushered in a revolving door of head coaches and underperforming players since.
Will the move help invigorate new life into the organization? If the secondary ticket market is any indication, there is certainly reason to believe so. However, the true test will come on the field – put up, or risk excitement quickly seeping out of the stands at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this season.