Secondary ticket marketplace, TickPick, announced the results of their analysis of 2017 spring training ticket prices for all 30 teams across the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues, as games get under way this weekend. While the Diamondbacks may be cheapest by the major-league Fan Cost Index, they ranked 14th in the MLB for ticket prices measured by this survey, at an average price of $64.01. This was an increase of almost $11 from last year, when they were $53.37. Of course, with these being secondary prices, they reflect factors beyond straightforward pricing, but I’m quite surprised by a 20% increase; was there a surge of fan interest this spring!
Conversely, that 2016 figure was actually down a little on 2015, when the average was $55.81 - again, this seems counter-intuitive, considering how fan interest had spiked over the 2015-16 off-season. It’s also interesting to note that despite having a “home town advantage”, D-backs tickets are actually cheaper than those of their room-mates at Salt River Fields: the Rockies were a surprisingly high sixth, at an average price of $71.06. Unsurprisingly, the Cubs top the list, and it’s not even close: a ticket will set you back $106.30, twenty-six dollars more than the next most-expensive (the Red Sox), and up about that same amount over the cost for Cubs’ seats last year.
The chart below shows the prices this year for all 30 teams; you can also check out the historical data to see how costs have changed over the past three years.