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Average ticket price in Major League Baseball 2006-2019

This graph depicts the average ticket price in Major League Baseball from 2006 to 2019. In 2019, the average ticket price was at 32.99 U.S. dollars.

MLB average ticket price – additional information

The average ticket price in the Major League Baseball has consistently grown over the years. Spectators paid an average of 22.21 U.S. dollars to watch a MLB game in 2006. In 2019, the average ticket price stood at 32.99 U.S. dollars. The average annual revenue per team has consistently risen at a healthy pace as well, going from around 170 million U.S. dollars in 2006 to more than 330 million U.S. dollars in 2018. The ticketing revenue, on the other hand, has remained fairly consistent since 2009, varying between 2.25 to 2.8 billion U.S. dollars. Ticketing is a key revenue stream for the league. Its share of the total MLB revenue however has been declining since 2009, when tickets sales accounted for just over 38 percent of the league’s total revenue. In 2017, this figure is under 30 percent.

The average ticket price per team varies greatly within the MLB. In 2019, the most expensive tickets - on average - were for the Chicago Cubs with an average price of 59.49 U.S. dollars. The Arizona Diamondbacks had the lowest average ticket price in MLB in 2019. The Boston Red Sox are the only other team with an average ticket price of more than 50 U.S. dollars. The Chicago Cubs also have the highest Fan Cost Index in the MLB, that is, the estimated costs for taking a family to a MLB game. A family of four would spent almost 370 U.S. dollars on tickets, refreshments and merchandise at a Chicago Cubs game in 2019. The Boston Red Sox also have the second highest Fan Cost Index, with per game expense of 354 U.S. dollars.

Major League Baseball average ticket price from 2006 to 2019 (in U.S. dollars)*

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Release date

March 2019


Canada, United States

Survey time period

2006 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* The average ticket price represents a weighted average of season ticket prices for general seating categories. This is determined by factoring the full season ticket cost for each category as a percentage of the total number of seats in each venue. This takes into account variable pricing. Premium seating (tickets that come with at least one added amenity or is classified by the team as premium) are not included in the survey to calculate the average ticket price. Average Premium Ticket prices are listed separately. Luxury suites are also excluded. Season ticket pricing is used for any team that offers some or all tickets at lower prices for customers who buy season seats. When a seat category is not offered as a season ticket, we use the weighted average.
The data for the years preceding 2011 is taken from the 2011 U.S. Professional Sports Market & Franchise Value Report on page 9. No data was available for 2017.

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