Major League Baseball: average ticket price from 2006 to 2016 (in U.S. dollars)*

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Ticket price in U.S. dollars

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This graph depicts the average ticket price in Major League Baseball from 2006 to 2016. In 2006, the average ticket price was at 22.21 U.S. dollars.
Major League Baseball 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 2016, the average ticket price is 31 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 nearly 280 million U.S. dollars in 2015. The ticketing revenue, on the other hand, has remained fairly consistent since 2009, varying between 2.25 to 2.5 billion U.S. dollars. Ticketing revenue 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 2015, this figure is under 30 percent.

The average ticket price per team varies greatly within the MLB, going from 54.79 U.S. dollars – amount paid to watch the Boston Red Sox and the most expensive ticket on average in the league – to 18.53 U.S. dollars, cost to watch the Arizona Diamondback’ game, the most affordable one in the league. The New York Yankees, the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies have some of the most expensive tickets in the league. The Boston Red Sox 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 spend around 360 U.S. dollars on tickets, refreshments and merchandise at a Boston Red Sox game in 2016. The New York Yankees, the most profitable MLB team, has the second highest Fan Cost Index, with per game expense of 337 U.S. dollars.
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Release date
April 2016
United States
Survey time period
2006 to 2016
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* The average ticket price represents a weighted average of season ticket prices for general seating categories, determined by factoring in the tickets in each price range as a percentage of the total number of seats in each ballpark. 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. Luxury suites are also excluded from the survey. Season-ticket pricing is used for any team that offers some or all tickets at lower prices for customers who buy season tickets. Teams have a say in what seats are considered general or premium.
The data for the years preceding 2011 is taken from the 2011 U.S. Professional Sports Market & Franchise Value Report on page 9.

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