Does My Child Need a Ticket to go to a NFL Game?

Families bringing children to NFL games are frequently unsure if they are required to purchase tickets for their children, or if they will be allowed free admittance into the stadium. There is no master child ticket policy that governs all NFL teams, meaning that each individual team and stadium sets their own child ticket policies. For most teams, there is a simple age requirement, while others have restrictions on height, and some require that all children entering the stadium have a valid ticket. We have put together the child ticket policies for every NFL team, so you know exactly what to expect when you arrive at the stadium.

Free admittance for children under 6 (have not reached their 6th birthday):

  • New Orleans Saints

Free admittance for children under 2 years old (have not reached their 2nd birthday):

  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Denver Broncos
  • Detroit Lions
  • Houston Texans
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Miami Dolphins
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Tennessee Titans
  • St. Louis Rams

Free admittance for children under 1 year old (have not reached their 1st birthday):

  • Carolina Panthers
  • Dallas Cowboys

Free admittance for children based on height:

  • Minnesota Vikings – Under 36 inches tall
  • New York Giants – Under 35 inches tall
  • New York Jets – Under 34 inches tall
  • Jacksonville Jaguars – Under 34 inches tall
  • Atlanta Falcons – Under 33 inches tall
  • Chicago Bears – Under 32 inches tall

No Free Child Admittance:

  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Green Bay Packers
  • New England Patriots
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Washington Redskins

The New Orleans Saints have by far the most generous child ticket policy, allowing families to bring children up to 5 years old into the SuperDome without having to buy them a ticket. On the flip side, 6 NFL teams, including the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, require that all children, even infants, have a ticket to enter the stadium. Parents should remember that children admitted free to NFL games will not have access to their own seat, and will have to sit on a parent or guardians lap during the game. It is always a good idea to have proof of your child’s age with you at the gate, in the off chance that the gate attendant asks to see it before allowing your child to enter the stadium.