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. Last season (2015), 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 once again had the highest regular season median ticket price in 2015, at $50, while the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers both came in with a MLB low median price of $18. The Red Sox experienced an 8% drop in their median ticket price following the 2014 season, likely due to the drop in competitiveness of the team, following their 2013 World Series title. Tickets to see the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals are likely to rise in 2016, following the Royals 2nd AL Championship in as many years, and the clubs first World Series title since 1985. 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. The Chicago Cubs have always had one of the most loyal followings in the MLB, and renovations to the historic Wrigley Field, which were completed in the 2015, along with a chance at an elusive World Series title are expected to drive up the Cubs 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 22, 2016