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

Families who would like to bring children to NFL games are frequently unsure if they are required to purchase tickets for their children. 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. Some teams simply require all children to have a ticket, while others may have a range of restrictions such as age or height to receive free admission. Here is some helpful information on child ticket policies for every NFL team.

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

    • New Orleans Saints

Free admittance for children under 3 years old (have not reached their 3rd birthday):

    • San Diego Chargers
    • Seattle Seahawks

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
    • Indianapolis Colts
    • Kansas City Chiefs
    • Las Vegas Raiders
    • Los Angeles Rams
    • Miami Dolphins
    • Minnesota Vikings
    • Philadelphia Eagles
    • San Francisco 49ers
    • Tennessee Titans
    • Washington Redskins

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:

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

No Free Child Admittance:

    • Green Bay Packers
    • New England Patriots
    • Pittsburgh Steelers
    • Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The New Orleans Saints have by far the most generous child ticket policy, allowing families to bring children up to 5 years old free of charge. On the other hand there are 4 NFL teams that require all  children to have a valid ticket regardless of their age or height. Something for a parent to consider is that children admitted free into the game will not have their own seat, and are required to sit on their lap during the game. I would recommend that you take proof of your child’s age, in the off chance that the gate attendant asks to see it before allowing your child to enter the stadium.

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