U.S. sports leagues ticket prices
The average ticket price for games in the major North American sports leagues varies from league to league and also within the leagues. On average, according to research by Team Marketing Report, attending a National Football League game was the most expensive with average ticket prices amounting to 100.26 U.S. dollars in 2018. Tickets to games of the NHL cost 62.18 U.S. dollars on average, tickets to NBA games sold for around 55.88 U.S. dollars. Major League Baseball had the lowest average ticket prices with an average ticket price of 32.44 U.S. dollars in 2018.
Based on the average ticket price, attending a Los Angeles Chargers’ game was the most expensive live-experience in the NFL with almost 200 U.S. dollars being charged per ticket in 2018. Tickets to Cleveland Browns games on the other hand were the least expensive with an average price of 66.34 U.S. dollars.
Compared to the NFL the team with the highest average ticket price in baseball (2013) the Chicago Cubs still charged less than the Cleveland Browns with an average of 58.57 U.S. dollars. In comparing these ticket prices the number of games played need to be taken into consideration. While MLB teams play 81 home games, teams of the NFL only have eight home games from which to generate ticketing revenue.
In the National Basketball Association the New York Knicks had the highest average ticket price in the 2015/16 season with an average price of 129.38 U.S. dollars per ticket. About 4.3 times higher than the average ticket price of the New Orleans Pelicans which had the leagues cheapest tickets with an average price of 30.2 U.S. dollars.