PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- If you're a diehard New England Patriots fan and you were considering taking a last minute trip to Denver to watch the AFC Championship game this weekend, you may want to take a look at how much money you should have in your bank account.
Once a diehard fan gets out of every day life commitments, like work, tending to children and family members, and perhaps a few extracurricular activities, it's time to make a budget.
As of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, it would cost someone $1534.77 for a quick getaway weekend. That is if the diehard fan chooses the cheapest flight from Portland to Denver ($1210.99), the cheapest hotel room in Denver ($50/night for two nights, averaging $111.68 with tax), and the cheapest ticket to the championship game ($212.10 on StubHub).
If the fan is a big spender, the trip could get as expensive as $11,207.25 (flight for $2548, hotel for $418/night, and ticket for $7,701.99). That's right. StubHub's cheapest ticket for the Broncos vs. Patriots game is $212.10 (in the upper level end zone). The most expensive ticket, which guarantees a field-level spot on the sideline, is $7,701.99.
Some Patriots fans may have even considered driving, which would end up costing about the same amount as a plane ticket. The drive from Portland, Maine to Denver, Colorado would rack up 2,070 miles on a car's odometer (4,140 both ways), which would take about 30 hours each way. Add up the gas money, the hotels on the way to and from the Mile High City and a little money for food, the road trip would cost $1,561.34 (which would be a lot cheaper if more than one Patriots fan decided to make the trek).