MLB Ticket Information
When it comes to catching a MLB game the opportunities are nearly endless. With one of the longest schedules in sports, baseball fans across the country are rewarded with the cheapest average ticket price of all the major professional sports, $27.93. While the normal factors still apply to a single game’s ticket price, the effects are minimal when it comes to the MLB.
This year’s top teams in terms of having the highest average ticket price include the Detroit Tigers ($28.22 per ticket), which is 7% higher than Detroit’s average price in 2013. After three straight years in the ALCS and two recent World Series appearances the Tigers have become one of those marquee teams driving the ball clubs ticket price up year over year. Other teams catching the marquee stigma include the San Francisco Giants with a $31.56 average ticket price, St. Louis Cardinals at $33.84 per ticket, the New York Yankees, who break the 50 dollar threshold at $51.55 per ticket, and finally the 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox at $52.32 per ticket.
Like past performance, a teams overall popularity plays a huge role in ticket prices in the MLB. The most impressive example of this can be seen at Wrigley Field, where the Chicago Cubs have been far from great in recent years but still come in at a $44.16 average ticket price, the third most expensive in the MLB. Similarly, the Texas Rangers, though below the MLB's average ticket price, have seen their average ticket price grow from $18.60 in 2011 to $23.54 in 2014. Both teams ranked as having two of the most engaged fan bases in the MLB last year, and it would seem to hold true based on each team’s average ticket prices.
While big matchups like, Yankees vs. “insert team name here”, Giants vs. Dodgers, Rangers vs. Astros, and Cubs vs. Cardinals, still carry weight in determining the average ticket prices one factor that outweighs them all is a team’s opening day game. As with all things, demand drives inflation and with more than half of the teams in the MLB seeing more than a 20% increase in attendance for their home openers, it’s no wonder why the build up to opening day is such a celebrated event in the MLB.