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Last year's ranking: 18
Title track: 19
Fan relations: 25
Stadium experience: 17
Bang for the buck: 19
Despite sliding back in six of eight categories, the Colts still advance five spots overall (from 18 to 13), thanks to the power of the almighty buck (or bang thereof). Even though Indianapolis fans pay the 10th-highest prices for tickets in the NFL (an average of $86.32 per), the perception is that they still get good value in return (bang for the buck is up 19 spots from a year ago), due to a 22-10 Colts mark the past two seasons, fifth best in the league. What's more, of the 10 clubs with the highest admission fees, Indy was one of only three to reach the playoffs last season. The other? New England, which charges 37 percent more ($117.84, most in football) than Indy. Factor in that bang for the buck accounts for nearly a fifth of our overall score (19.1 percent) and it's easy to see why the Colts climbed a five-spot.
Of course, it doesn't hurt that in the six categories they fell, they didn't fall far: Chuck Pagano gets raves for winning a division title in his first full season as an NFL head coach (not to mention his first full season as a cancer survivor). So too does the $720 million retractable-roof Luke, which was recently voted best experience in the NFL for the third straight year by StadiumJourney.com and received the following five-star Trip Advisor review from a visiting Chiefs fan: "Wide aisles, easy to move around, good food. Indoor football in the winter ain't bad."