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.