Cheapest Neighborhoods for Football Fans in America

Fantasy football dominates the breakroom conversation, you’re planning weekends around home games and you salivate at just the thought of Sunday parties filled with nachos, beer and all the grilled meat you can handle.

But realistically, it’s more convenient to live in the vicinity of a football stadium to entertain the thought of spending your Sunday at the stadium — or at least in the parking lot tailgating. So, what NFL stadiums the most economical to live near?

Finding the cheapest neighborhoods for football fans

By using our rent price data from August 2019, we found the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the neighborhood around each NFL stadium and the city itself. We then ranked those cities based on the average neighborhood price. The overall city price was used for locations where no neighborhood average was available. In addition, we’ve listed a property nearby that would be perfect for football fans looking for easy access to the game day action.

So, as you get ready for kickoff, here are the cheapest neighborhoods for football fans.

31. Santa Clara, CA

santa clara california

Thanks to the Silicon Valley boom, especially the population increase within the last 5 years, it ain’t cheap to live in Santa Clara, home to Levi’s Stadium and the San Francisco 49ers since 2014.

To make things more difficult, there aren’t many apartments within walking distance of Levi’s Stadium. The closest complex is North Park, which is a solid 2.2 miles away. That said, the stadium and the neighborhood surrounding it is gorgeous.

30. Downtown — Seattle, WA

seattle

Like the other cities at the top (or bottom, depending on how you look at it) of this list, Seattle’s high rent prices are due to the fact that its economy and real estate has gone through the roof thanks to their own tech boom.

One gets the feeling that Seahawks fans would pay anything to be near CenturyLink Field, though. That said, a one-bedroom/one-bath at Metropolitan Park rents for $1,699 a month and is only a few blocks away from CenturyLink.

29. Coliseum — Oakland, CA

Oakland California

The Raiders are scheduled to play their 2020-2021 season in Las Vegas (Paradise Valley, NV to be exact), so there’s a good chance the Raiders will also be moving on this list next year. Until then, the Silver and Black will play one more season at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Unfortunately, Oakland is suffering Silicon Valley’s run-off so the rent is high everywhere, but the Coliseum Connection is a beautiful post-modern building less than a mile away from the game.

28. Inner Harbor — Baltimore, MD

Baltimore MD

The Inner Harbor — actually all of the southern end of Baltimore — is a little tricky to navigate in terms of the neighborhoods.

Because of the location of the M&T Bank Stadium, Ravens fans could live in several neighborhoods and be within minutes of the game, but we like Banner Hill. The building’s exterior design is just as cool at the units inside.

27. Downtown — Nashville, TN

Nashville TN

If Titans fans want to live in Downtown Nashville and stay close to Nissan Stadium, they’re going to have to get used to taking the 41 across the Cumberland River. Pickings are slim on the stadium side of the river, but there are all kinds of inexpensive alternatives on the other side.

Capitol Towers‘ one-bedroom/one-bath with a view of Victory start for less than $1,000.

26. South Side, Chicago, IL

Chicago IL

The great thing about the neighborhood around Soldier Field is that it’s full of beautiful high-rise apartment complexes.

The Prairie Shores Apartments are so close to the stadium, Bears fans could probably walk from their front doors to their seats within 10 minutes — 15 if it’s snowing.

25. East Rutherford, NJ

East Rutherford NJ

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The tricky thing about MetLife Stadium is that it’s fairly well-sequestered away from homes and apartments. The (New York) Jets and Giants are surrounded by the Meadowlands Sports Complex, the Meadowlands Racetrack, the New Meadowlands Market and miles of parking lots.

Park West Gardens is about as close as you can get an apartment to the MetLife and it’s still a 10-minute Uber ride.

24. Foxborough, MA

Foxborough MA

Patriots fans won’t find an apartment right next to Gillette Stadium, but Chestnut Gardens is 2.5 miles away.

We have a feeling that dedicated Pat’s fans are more than happy to spend the rent to be that much closer to their dynasty team — that is until the Brady era ends.

23. Miami Gardens, FL

Miami Gardens FL

  • Average rent in Miami: $1,877.41

The Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens is a little isolated, but you can find several apartment complexes within a couple of miles from the stadium.

Your best bet is going to be the Advenir at Walden Lake. From the Advenir, you’re 5 minutes to the Hard Rock, 10 minutes to the beach and the weather is usually incredible.

22. Carson, CA

Carson CA

  • Average rent in Carson: $1,801.11

Like the Raiders, the Chargers aren’t staying in their foster city for much longer. The team will be sharing the new Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood with the Rams starting in the 2020 season.

If any Chargers fans were thinking about moving closer to the team’s temporary digs, Carson is a small town without a whole lot of apartment options. Right now, El Cordova is the only serious game in town.

When the Chargers move to Inglewood, there will be a slew of complexes around the stadium.

21. Downtown — Detroit, MI

Detroit MI

The real estate around the Lions’ Ford Field (and the Tigers’ Comerica Park) doesn’t have a whole lot of residential zoning, but about a mile south, you’ll find The Randolph, a 32-unit apartment complex with all the modern conventions and it’s only a quick Q-Line ride away.

20. Downtown — Atlanta, GA

Atlanta GA

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Falcons fans in Downtown Atlanta have a pretty great selection of apartment complexes around the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

If you want to stay within a 10-minute walk from the game, consider Muses Loft. Despite the name of the place, the units come in one- and two-bedroom floorplans.

19. Central City — New Orleans, LA

New Orleans

It’s crazy right around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It’s butted up right against where the 10 and Claiborne feed into each other, Smoothie King Center is causing more traffic and Washington High School always ensures there’s plenty of activity going on during the weekdays.

Saints fans looking for an apartment one Drew Brees bomb away from the stadium should consider the King Rampart apartments. You can see the Dome from your room!

18. South Philadelphia — Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia

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The bad news about renting within footsteps of the Eagles’ Lincoln Financial Field is that there aren’t any apartment complexes nearby. The good news is that the two closest properties (The Enclaves and The Gateway Towers) are affordable, they have beautiful views of FDR Park and the walk to the stadium really isn’t that bad — 6 minutes by foot.

17. South L.A. — Los Angeles, CA

South Los Angeles

Like the Raiders and Chargers, this will be the Rams last season at its present stadium, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which coincidentally was the team’s old stadium for 33 years from 1946 to 1979.

South Los Angeles can be expensive, especially near USC, where you’ll find a loaded apartment complex like the University Gateway, which is a brisk walk to the Coliseum.

16. Central Business District — Cincinnati, OH

cincinnati

Bengals fans won’t have a difficult time finding incredible high-rise apartments in the Central Business District.

But if they want a complex close to Paul Brown Stadium on a budget, Fourth & Plum is perfect. One-bedrooms start at $1,100 a month, and the building perfectly represents downtown Cincinnati.

15. West Colfax — Denver, CO

Denver CO

Broncos fans who rent in the West Colfax area of Denver will never have a difficult time finding an apartment — you can’t throw a rock without hitting a beautiful high-rise complex.

Mind you, Mile High Stadium isn’t far from Denver proper, but if you want to get about a mile and a half from the game, X at Sloans is a building with a view of Sloan Lake.

14. North Shore — Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh PA

In terms of attractions, there’s something for everyone in Pittsburgh’s North Shore district: The Andy Warhol Museum, Pirates home games, Stage AE and Heinz Field for the Steelers fans.

Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of apartment complexes in the neighborhood. Check out the Morgan where a one-bedroom/one-bath starts at $1,370.

13. Uptown — Charlotte, NC

Charlotte NC

The Gateway is a couple of blocks further than the closest apartment complex to the Panthers’ Bank of America Stadium, but the extra walk to the games on Sunday morning is worth it.

Incredible cityscape views, clean architecture and a well-maintained building, one-bedrooms start at $1,165.

12. Downtown — Cleveland, OH

cleveland ohio

Downtown Cleveland is ripe with affordable apartment complexes, all within walking distance of the Browns’ FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Hat Factory is stunning and one-bedrooms start for less than $1,000. Exposed brick and ductwork, ivy-covered walls, open floor plans — it all sounds cliche, but it works at the Hat.

11. Downtown — Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis IN

Indianapolis was recently named the best football cities for renters, and it’s no wonder with all the housing options Colts fans have close to Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown.

While the Mozzo Apartments are a 15-minute walk away from Lucas Oil Stadium, they’re also one of the closest apartment complexes that start close to the $1,000 range.

10. Landover, MD

Landover MD

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Navigating the traffic to get in and out of a Redskins game is the stuff of nightmares. Local Washington fans talk about tales of sitting in their cars for up to three hours trying to get out of the stadium’s parking lot.

That’s why it makes sense to get a one-bedroom/one-bath at Eaton Square starting at $1,250.

9. Northwest Tampa — Tampa, FL

Tampa FL

Living in Northwest Tampa is already like a vacation considering the weather and the abundance of attractions all within a short bike ride.

If you choose to rent in the centrally-located Arbour Ponds, you’re an equal distance to the Buc’s Raymond James Stadium, Old Tampa Bay, Hillsborough Bay and far enough away from the airport so that it’s not too much of a nuisance.

8. Downtown — Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville FL

The Jaguars’ TIAA Bank Field takes up a lot of real estate, the Sports Complex covers a good chunk of Jacksonville’s waterfront views. That said, fans can still find great, affordable apartments without going too far inland.

The one-bedroom/one-baths at the Carling Apartments start at $1,110, and the complex is in one of the most exciting parts of the city.

7. Elliot Park — Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis

Vikings fans who are considering moving to the tiny Elliot Park (it’s only two-fifths of an acre) have a few solid apartment complexes to choose from. The East Village is only a couple blocks away from U.S. Bank Stadium, and there’s a fully loaded mini-market on the first floor of the complex.

That might not mean like much now, but when it’s below zero in December, you just ran out of toilet paper and you don’t want to go to a real grocery store, the mini-mart is 10 feet below your apartment.

6. Astrodome — Houston, TX

Houston TX

How cool is it that Houston named one of their neighborhood districts the Astrodome in honor of the Astros’ and the old Oilers’ former stadium?

The Texans play in NRG Stadium now, and while the name’s no where near as exciting, Harvest Hill‘s cozy one-bedrooms start at $810. Then it’s just a short walk down Holly Hall Street to the stadium.

5. Glendale, AZ

Glendale AZ

The one thing you need to realize about Arizona is that its major cities are spread out so if you’re looking for an apartment as close as possible to the University of Phoenix Stadium, you can’t veer off too far from Glendale.

Consider the Pillar at Westgate Townhomes. One-bedrooms start at $1,110, and you’re so close to the Cardinals, you can probably go to the bathroom in your apartment and return to your seats quicker than using the bathrooms in the stadium.

4. Arlington, TX

Arlington TX

We’ve all heard about the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. It’s supposed to be the gold standard in regards to football stadiums as a start-of-the-art facility.

It’s only a matter of time before rent prices start to rise around the stadium, so it might be a good idea to lock into one of the apartments at 500 N East Street, where one-bedrooms start at a mere $800.

3. Green Bay, WI

green bay wi

It’s not exactly walking distance from the legendary Lambeau Field, but the apartments at 335 N Washington Street are a sensible choice for setting up your home base with one-bedrooms starting at $860. You’re next to Bay Beach and just a short drive from the Packers.

2. Orchard Park, NY

orchard park ny

It’s no surprise that Orchard Park, home to the Bills and blistering cold winters, ranks near the top of this list. It’s not an easy city to live in if you can’t stand cold weather.

For an affordable living option in the city, try the Village Center Apartments. They are just a short drive across 219 to Ralph Wilson Stadium.

1. East Side — Kansas City, MO

kansas city mo

Kansas City’s East Side isn’t brimming with apartment complexes for Chiefs fans, but the few that the neighborhood does have are incredibly affordable compared to other parts of the city.

The Stadium View Apartments start at under $600 for a one-bedroom/one-bath unit, and the Whispering Lake one-bedroom apartments start at around $700 — but the views are worth a million bucks.

The rent information included in this article is based on August 2019 multifamily rental property inventory from Apartment Guide and Rent.com and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.
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Michael AlarconMichael Alarcon has been a writer for over 23 years. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Long Beach's Press-Telegram, Citysearch, the Orange County Register, SPIN online, AOL News, Village Voice and Ranker, among other smaller regional publications. Raised in San Dimas, California, he has lived in Long Beach, California for the last 20 years.

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