Watching your favorite baseball team live in the stadium can be expensive business, with ticket prices in the league ranging from 167 U.S. dollars for the Boston Red Sox to 52 U.S. dollars for the Baltimore Orioles.
An expensive day out
The cost of a trip to the ball game does not stop at just the price of a ticket. When considering additional costs such as parking, concessions, and merchandise, consumer spending can easily reach hundreds of U.S. dollars. The most expensive day out in the league in 2019 was at the Chicago Cubs, where the cost of taking a family to the game was estimated at over 370 U.S. dollars. At the other end of the scale, a family could enjoy a day out watching the Arizona Diamondbacks for around 142 U.S. dollars. Given that there are 162 games in the regular baseball season, following an MLB team can certainly be expensive business.
Baseball fans still come in their thousands
However, regular season home attendance at MLB games has still remained high in recent years. Despite experiencing a small dip since 2018, a total of over two millions fans still pass through the gates every year, equating to an average per game attendance of over 28 thousand fans. The Los Angeles Dodgers welcomed the most people to Dodger Stadium across the 2019 season, with almost four million people attending their home games throughout the season.
Major League Baseball average ticket price by team in 2020 (in U.S. dollars)*
* Average ticket price represents a weighted average of season ticket prices for general seating categories. This is determined by factoring the full season ticket 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 team as premium) are not included in the survey to calculate 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.
** Prices for Toronto tickets are converted to US Dollars using Bank of Canada monthly average exchange rates for the first three months of each year.
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TicketIQ. (February 17, 2020). Major League Baseball average ticket price by team in 2020 (in U.S. dollars)* [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved August 07, 2020, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/193673/average-ticket-price-in-the-mlb-by-team/
TicketIQ. "Major League Baseball average ticket price by team in 2020 (in U.S. dollars)*." Chart. February 17, 2020. Statista. Accessed August 07, 2020. https://www.statista.com/statistics/193673/average-ticket-price-in-the-mlb-by-team/
TicketIQ. (2020). Major League Baseball average ticket price by team in 2020 (in U.S. dollars)*. Statista. Statista Inc.. Accessed: August 07, 2020. https://www.statista.com/statistics/193673/average-ticket-price-in-the-mlb-by-team/
TicketIQ. "Major League Baseball Average Ticket Price by Team in 2020 (in U.S. Dollars)*." Statista, Statista Inc., 17 Feb 2020, https://www.statista.com/statistics/193673/average-ticket-price-in-the-mlb-by-team/
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