We’ve made it! College Football is back! Labor Day weekend means the start of football which I’ve been waiting months for. (Yes I realize there were a few games last weekend but that was still considered week 0). All the teams return to action this weekend with games beginning tonight. And there are some big matchups. While historically many major schools play “cupcake” schools in week one, there are two big college football games in the state of North Carolina this weekend.
#13 NC State will take on East Carolina at noon on Saturday while UNC visits Appalachian State which kicks off at the same time. Both should be compelling matchups to match and while the two ACC schools are both favored, they will need to be on top of their game. Emotions are sure to run high in these in-state rivalries. But these aren’t the only Carolina schools excited to play this weekend. Wake Forest will take the field tonight while Duke, Charlotte, and Coastal Carolina play Friday night. Saturday will feature the two previously mentioned games and Spencer Rattler’s South Carolina Gamecock debut. The finale of the weekend will take place Monday night with Clemson in prime time.
Check out the match-ups below and make sure to come back Monday for a recap of the games. It’s going to be a great weekend of college football in both North and South Carolina!
Panthers Fans Expect To Pay 29% More For Gameday By 2025
For me at least it’s hard to fathom paying more for Panthers tickets, especially with the current trajectory the team seems to be headed towards. After two lackluster seasons and a lack of action (ie firing Matt Rhule), many many fans feel the same way. Listen I hope I eat my words and this turns out to be a playoff team. But nothing we’ve seen so far gives me that hope. So when I read this study by Betway and saw the projected increase in prices I was a little shocked. According to this Panthers, fans can expect to pay 29% more for the complete gameday experience by 2025.
Betway analyzed and compared the average prices of a ticket, parking spot, beer, hot dog, soft drink and jersey for each of the 32 teams. Then they ranked each NFL team based on the future cost of supporting the franchises.
And I mean 29% isn’t good. But almost seems on par with the current inflation. We could be Raiders fans. The Las Vegas Raiders have a forecasted total cost of $711.31 which is 99% higher than the current cost! Yeah, that’s actually insane. Not a chance I pay that unless it’s a playoff game. Even then would be tough to justify. A lot of this is due to the Raiders having the most expensive forecasted ticket price at $469.12 overall. They are also projected to have the highest cost for a jersey.
So how much will Panthers fans expect to pay on gameday? Read on for the list of the total current and forecasted costs of being a fan of each NFL team and the percentage price increase: