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Major League Baseball’s average ticket price rose 3.3 percent this season to $28.94, the steepest increase in six years.
Team Marketing Report said in its annual survey Monday that the average is up 4.4 percent since 2013 after remaining flat in 2012.
World Series champion Boston had the highest average at $52.34 after leaving prices flat. The New York Yankees also left their average unchanged at $51.55 after missing the playoffs for the second straight season.
For the second year, the Texas Rangers are using ‘dynamic ticket pricing’ to adjust single-game ticket prices up or down, depending on demand – and prices will vary for “regular games” and “premiere games.”
For example, a lower infield ticket for a regular game starts at $74 – up $1 from last year. For premier games, the price starts at $82. But don’t be scared off – the Rangers still have many promotions for die-hard fans looking for a cheap seat. Upper reserved seats still average about $17 per seat for a ‘regular game’ for the 2015 season.
Opening Day at Globe Life Ballpark is close to being sold out. Only General Admission tickets (standing room only) are available at a cost of $60 per person.
The Chicago Cubs, who renovated Wrigley Field and their roster, raised their average for the first time since 2010, a 1.5 percent increase to $44.81. The Cubs are coming off a last-place finish.
The Dodgers’ average rose 10.9 percent to $28.61 as Los Angeles hiked its opening-day payroll to a record $270 million.
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