MLB Ticket Information
Major League Baseball has one of the longest seasons of any of the professional sports organizations, with each team playing 162 games spread out over half of the calendar year. Opening Day for all 30 teams takes place in April, with the final regular season pitch thrown the early October. This season the MLB has had one of the lowest median ticket prices of any of the professional sports leagues, with only six MLB Teams having a median ticket price of $40 or more.
The Boston Red Sox once again have the highest regular season median ticket price in 2016, at $86, while the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers both came in with a MLB low median price of $18. The Chicago Cubs have experienced an astounding 114% increase in their median ticket price compared to the 2015 season as they have remained the top team in the MLB the entire season, which has earned them a median ticket price of $75. Tickets to see the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals are relatively low despite their recent success with a median ticket price of only $23. The Royals have a tremendous following, and Kauffman Stadium is one of the top ballparks in Major League Baseball, but Royals tickets have been a bargain, when compared to other top teams in MLB.
Like past performance, a team’s overall popularity plays a huge role in ticket prices in the MLB. Other factors such as weather and stadium renovations also play factors in the price of MLB tickets over the course of the season. In 2015, 3 teams that did not reach the post season, had median ticket prices near the top in MLB, including the San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, and San Diego Padres.
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.
Ticket prices based on averages as of September 8, 2016