MLB Ticket Information
When it comes to catching a MLB game the opportunities are nearly endless. 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. Last season (2014), MLB had one of the lowest median ticket prices of any of the professional sports leagues, with only two MLB Teams having a median ticket price of $40 or more.
The Boston Red Sox had the highest regular season median ticket price in 2014, at $54, while the team with the lowest median ticket price was the Los Angeles Dodgers at $19. The Red Sox experienced an 11% rise in their median ticket price following the 2013 season, likely due to their popularity and hype after winning the 2013 World Series. Tickets to see the 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants are likely to rise in 2015, following the teams 3rd World Series title in 5 years. The Giants have a tremendous following and had the 2nd highest regular season median ticket price in 2014 at $40.
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 2014, 3 teams that did not reach the post season, had median ticket prices of $39, including the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, and San Diego Padres. The Chicago Cubs have always had one of the most loyal followings in the MLB, and renovations to the historic Wrigley Field, which are scheduled to be completed in the 2015 MLB Season, are expected to increase the number of seats at the stadium, but also drive up the average ticket price.
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 March 17, 2015