Successfully securing sports tickets can sometimes feel unimaginable, particularly in states as populous as New York.

There are countless fans fighting for the chance to experience the likes of the Yankees, Knicks, and Giants live and in person.

It is highly likely that teams have season ticket waiting lists going back years.

But what is the genuine cost for sports enthusiasts when they’re finally given the opportunity to buy a season ticket for their favorite team?

We’ve compared the average salaries, tax, and cost of living in New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany, to reveal how many working hours it typically takes fans to afford tickets at New York’s top teams. We know interest is high because NY mobile sports betting apps have drawn more than $12.8 billion in handle since launching in January.

Yankees fans in New York City could be working up to 387 to afford a season ticket.

According to the data, employees in New York City have to work the most, with Rochester residents getting the better deal when it comes to time:

City Yankees Knicks Rangers Mets  Jets Islanders Giants Nets
New York City 387 231 172 178 163 139 110 298
Buffalo 242 144 108 111 102 87 69 187
Rochester 220 131 98 101 93 79 63 169
Syracuse 247 147 110 113 104 88 70 190
Albany 237 141 105 109 100 85 68 183

With the lowest disposable income out of all cities on the list, Yankees fans in New York City have their work cut out for them, with the cheapest ticket costing $3,321 and their total hours sitting at 387 – that’s 68% more hours than Knicks supporters or 178% more than those who follow the Islanders.

In contrast, it pays to be a Yankees fan (or any team for that matter) in Rochester, as they work 167 hours less to pay for the same ticket, with the highest disposable income per hour ($15.10) out of all five cities.

Those who support the Giants have it easier than any other team

Fans of the Giants spend an average of $2,374 less than Yankee supporters and $580 less than those who love the Mets, so it comes as no surprise that no matter which city they live in, they work considerably fewer hours to pay for their season pass.

New York City

How Much Season Tickets Cost in New York
Photo: Empire Stakes

New York City’s sports fanatics find themselves working longer hours in comparison to any other set of supporters across the state, with New York’s highest rate of tax and cost of living. As a result, the typical Yankees fan is required to work 387 hours to afford a season ticket – or over 11 weeks working 9-to-5.

Brooklyn Nets fans will need to work 298 hours, followed by Knicks (231), Mets (178), Rangers (172), Jets (163), and Islanders (139) supporters, while Giants fans are required to work 110 hours to afford a season ticket.


In Buffalo, Yankees fans are expected to work over 242 hours to afford a season ticket, followed by Nets (187) and Knicks supporters (144). Mets (111), Rangers (108 hours), and Jets (102) also fans all need to work more than 100 hours to afford an annual ticket.

Islanders fans need to work a little less (87), while Giants supporters are required to work 69 hours – the equivalent of just under two weeks working 9-to-5. Of course, many folks in Buffalo would be inclined to stay around and support the NFL Bills and NHL Sabres right in their own city. The best NY Betting promos are available everywhere in the state here at throughout the year.


In Rochester, sports fans have the highest average rate of disposable income in New York, meaning Yankees fans in this location only need to work an average of 220 hours to be able to afford a season ticket – that is just over half the time required of fans in NYC.

Meanwhile, Nets supporters usually work 169 hours, followed by fans of the Knicks (131), Mets (101), Rangers (98), Jets (93), and Islanders (79). Lastly, Giants fans need to work an average of 63 hours to be able to afford a season ticket. Fans in Rochester are much closer to the Bills and Sabres, about 80 or so miles west in Buffalo.


Sports devotees in Syracuse are typically required to work the second-longest of any city in New York to have enough money for their preferred season ticket.

For example, a Yankees season pass will take fans here 247 hours to earn, while Nets and Knicks fans are required to work 190 and 147 hours to afford a ticket, respectively. Fans of the Mets (113 hours), Rangers (110), and Jets (104) need to work more than 100 hours, followed by Islanders (88) and Giants supporters (70).


In Albany, a Yankees season pass is the equivalent of 237 working hours, followed by the 183 hours it will take to earn enough for a Nets season ticket. Supporting the Knicks, Mets, Rangers, and Jets will also cost the equivalent of 100+ hours, while it typically takes 85 hours to earn enough for an Islanders ticket and 68 hours for a Giants season pass.

With average salaries and rates of disposable income varying dramatically across New York, it’s fascinating to see how much the true cost of a season ticket depends on where you live.

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