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10 Best Premium NFL Seats For The 2012 Football Season

Cowboys Stadium
Dallas Cowboys
Arlington, Texas
Average premium ticket price: $340  
Jerry World's $100,000 to $500,000 suites are stocked by the same catering service used by the new Yankee Stadium. For a $150,000 "seat option" and $3,400 in season tickets, however, the members of the stadium's Founders Club are treated like the new oligarchy with seats right on the 50 yard line and all-access passes that include VIP parking inside the stadium, entry to a field-level club and all-inclusive dining.

What's on the menu? Carving stations of New Zealand baby lamb chops and Kobe beef; a truffled macaroni and cheese bar with fontina, jalapeno havarti and white cheddar; a full quesadilla station with beef tenderloin; and free beer and wine. The pricing doesn't always make sense, as buyers have to leapfrog the parking-privileged loge seats ($12,000 down payment with $1,240 a year) in the upper deck to get private lounges and first dibs on concerts in the parking-deprived lower-level sideline Club Seats ($16,000 to $50,000 up front and $3,400 annually).  

Soldier Field
Chicago Bears
Chicago
Average premium ticket price: $389  
Has it really been six years since that last Super Bowl appearance against the Colts? Ask folks in the Zurich Skyline Suite, who've been parting with $8,750 per seat per year of their four-year commitment, plus a $5,000 membership fee, to watch their team finish behind Green Bay and Detroit. Maybe the climate-controlled suites, open bar, buffets, carving stations, in-seat drink service, alumni player appearances, 46 high-definition screens, two free laptops, pregame field passes and free parking for every two seats makes it hurt a bit less. Maybe it just makes folks wonder why they didn't just go in with some friends on a $17,000 suite or sacrifice a little personal space for the United Club's Three-level climate controlled indoor lounge area, private entrances and restrooms, 138 TVs and two 20-foot video screens showing NFL Sunday Ticket and eight full-service bar areas.  

Met Life Stadium
New York Giants and Jets
East Rutherford, N.J.
Average premium ticket price: $464.75 for Giants games  
When your stadium clubs are named after Chase (JPM) and Lexus, that should be your first hint premium seats may get a little pricier than average. The Chase and Lexus clubs give ticketholders access to one of two 50,000-square-foot clubs, wider cushioned seats in the second tier and a private stadium entrance. Those will set a buyer back $7,500 to $12,000 just for the right to buy season tickets, then another $4,000 to $5,000 per season. That's still a somewhat better deal than fans are getting in the Toyota (TM) Coaches Club, where fans pay $20,000 for a personal seat license and $700 per game for a field-level view and access to premium food and drinks. Even that's nothing compared with the "we'll give you a quote" costs of the stadium's more than 300 suites and massive Commissioner's Club suite that consider VIP parking, private lobbies, private entrances, multiple televisions and a wet bar as base amenities. Want a discount? Wait for a Jets game, when average premium ticket prices drop to $291.90.  

Gillette Stadium
New England Patriots
Foxboro, Mass.
Average premium ticket price: $566.67  
This is one area in which the Patriots refuse to finish second to the Giants. The Patriots haven't won a Super Bowl since 2005, but being in the hunt every year means New England companies are still willing to pay Super Bowl prices for their luxury seats and suites. Putnam Club members are more than willing to part with their premium for great views of the game, VIP parking, private access, wide padded seats, flat screen HD TVs and video walls in the club, club-exclusive game-day mobile apps, high-end food and beverage options, first right to buy playoff and Super Bowl tickets and other stadium event tickets, 365-day access, exclusive press conferences with current Patriots players and coaches and post-game field visits.  

Folks in the EMC (EMC) luxury suites get all of that and private entrances, suite attendants and restrooms. Even if fans can't pay tops-in-the-league prices for those premium services, the Patriots offer single-game seating at their pre-game field house tailgate party and at VIP facilities in Gillette Stadium's adjacent mall.

-- Written by Jason Notte in Boston.

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Jason Notte is a reporter for TheStreet. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Esquire.com, Time Out New York, the Boston Herald, the Boston Phoenix, the Metro newspaper and the Colorado Springs Independent. He previously served as the political and global affairs editor for Metro U.S., layout editor for Boston Now, assistant news editor for the Herald News of West Paterson, N.J., editor of Go Out! Magazine in Hoboken, N.J., and copy editor and lifestyle editor at the Jersey Journal in Jersey City, N.J.
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