Cubs tickets at Wrigley Field cost most

It’s cheaper to sit in much of the lower deck at Yankee Stadium

this year, with the Chicago Cubs overtaking New York and Boston for

the highest-priced regular tickets in the major leagues.

Overall, the average cost of a non-premium ticket for a major

league game is up 1.5 percent to $26.74, the Team Marketing Report

said Wednesday in its annual survey. The rise is the smallest since

TMR started tracking baseball tickets in 1991.

The NFL’s average last season was $74.99. In seasons still

underway, the NBA is averaging $48.90 and the NHL $51.27, TMR

said.

Many baseball teams mostly held off on increases following a

drop of 6.7 percent in Major League Baseball’s average attendance

last season, from 32,528 to 30,350.

Tickets at Wrigley Field for non-premium sections average $52.56

this season and Fenway Park is second at $52.32 following a 4.1

percent hike.

At Yankee Stadium, where 3,304 lower-deck infield seats without

free food were reclassified premium by TMR at the request of the

team, the average is $51.83, up 0.4 percent. Last year’s average

was adjusted from $72.97 to $51.64.

The Yankees cut the price of their $375 tickets, many of which

went unsold last year, to $300 and in all lowered the cost of 3,400

field level seats.

Their premium ticket average dropped from $510 to $312 as 538

seats along the foul lines were reclassified Champions Suite

instead of Legends Suite, with ticket holders no longer allowed

access to the duplex restaurant behind home plate. The shift left

1,357 seats in the Legends Suite, which cost $500-$2,500 last year

as part of season tickets and up to $2,625 for individual

games.

This year, the Legends Suite seats cost $450-$1,600 for

individual games and the Champions Suite $350-$550 for individual

games.

The Cubs have the second-highest premium average at $257,

followed by the Dodgers at $222 and Washington at $193. San Diego

has the lowest premium average at $31.

Minnesota, moving into Target Field, raised its regular average

price 45 percent to $31.47 – the only team other than the Cubs with

a double-digit increase.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have the lowest average at $14.31. The

New York Mets cut their average 12.9 percent to $32.22 following a

dreadful first season at Citi Field, San Diego fell 15.4 percent to

$15.15 and Detroit dropped 14.2 percent to $23.48.

TMR’s fan cost index declined 0.6 percent to $195.08, ranging

from $335 at Fenway Park, $330 at Wrigley Field and $316 at Yankee

Stadium to $115 in Arizona. The figure includes two adult tickets

at the average price, two child tickets at the average if

available, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four hot

dogs, parking, two programs and two adult caps.