The price of World Series tickets on the secondary market has dropped 9% since the beginning of the MLB Playoffs. Today, the average price of a World Series ticket is $1,278, 27% more than the average price of 2012 World Series tickets.
Throughout the postseason, Razorgator has been tracking the price changes of World Series tickets. Now, that both the NL and AL Champions have been decided, we discuss the movement in prices and what trends we are seeing on the secondary market.
The average price of World Series tickets in Boston is $1565 over a potential four home games. That is, a 9% drop in price since last Tuesday and a 14% fall since the beginning of the MLB Playoffs. Prices likely decreased due to the matchup; many felt that a Red Sox vs. Dodgers series was slightly more favorable. World Series tickets in Boston have always been the most expensive ticket on the market after the Pirates were eliminated; Boston is a big market, especially for sports and the City’s baseball team has not reached the World Series since 2007. We drew a comparison in-market for Boston fans: the cost of Red Sox World Series tickets are 18% more than Bruins Stanley Cup Finals tickets were this year.
If you plan to see a World Series game in St. Louis, you’ll pay much less. At an average ticket price of $935 over three home games, Cardinals fans can claim they have the better deal. Although, the City of St. Louis is seeing a different trend in prices; World Series tickets at Busch Stadium are climbing in price, up 11% since last Tuesday and 3% since the beginning of the postseason. Again, a possible reason is the matchup – an increase in price likely reflects an increase in demand; Fans have already seen a Detroit vs. St. Louis World Series matchup of late (2006). A series against the Red Sox is sparking greater interest; it is one against the two teams with the best regular season records. Cards fans are used to paying a low ticket price in the postseason; in 2013, St. Louis has always been the cheapest ticket on the market – through the Division Series, Championship Series, and now the World Series. We can speculate that prices have been low because St. Louis is a smaller market and the team is no stranger to the postseason. It is the second time in the past three years that the Cardinals will play for the title of World Series Champions. In 2011, Cardinals World Series tickets averaged $900, 4% less than 2013 prices.
|Date||World Series Tickets||Cheapest Ticket (10-21-13)||Avg. Price (10-21-13)|
|10/23/13||Cardinals at Red Sox – Game 1||$402 (SRO)||$1,216.67|
|10/24/13||Cardinals at Red Sox – Game 2||$387 (SRO)||$1,369.32|
|10/26/13||Red Sox at Cardinals – Game 3||$303 (SRO)||$1,003.42|
|10/27/13||Red Sox at Cardinals – Game 4||$331 (SRO)||$932.75|
|10/28/13||Red Sox at Cardinals – Game 5 (if nec.)||$331 (SRO)||$911.71|
|10/30/13||Cardinals at Red Sox – Game 6 (if nec.)||$519 (SRO)||$1,726.38|
|10/31/13||Cardinals at Red Sox – Game 7 (if nec.)||$698 (Bleachers)||$1,850.85|
We are midway through the League Championship Series, and with four remaining ball clubs still fighting for a pennant, we take a look at how prices for World Series tickets have changed in the last twelve days. Prices for Boston Red Sox World Series tickets and St. Louis Cardinals World Series tickets have seen just a small change in average price, falling 5% and 7% respectively. On this date last year, St. Louis Cardinals 2012 World Series tickets ranged from $545 – $870 over a potential four home games. In 2013, Cardinals World Series tickets range from $930 – $1,030 over three home games; but, remain the cheapest World Series ticket on the secondary market. Detroit Tigers World Series tickets have dropped a steep 33% since the Division Series started; a similar trend to last season’s prices during the ALCS. Last year Tigers World Series tickets, on this date, averaged between $819 – $1,192 over a potential three home games. This year, Tigers World Series tickets range $902 – $1,508 over a potential four World Series games at Comerica Park. The Los Angeles Dodgers are the only team of the four to see an increase in average price; up 13% in the last two weeks, Dodgers World Series tickets are now second most expensive in the League, averaging $1,509.
|World Series Tickets||Avg. Price (10-3)||Avg. Price (10-15)||∆|
Last postseason we began to look at the price of World Series tickets for each team following the NLDS and ALDS games. This year, we wanted to get a jump start. With eight teams fighting for a chance to win the title of World Series Champions, we’ll update you regularly on price changes and trends during each round of the MLB Playoffs.
The average price of a World Series ticket is currently $1406. Due to the fact that the American League won the All-Star game and will thus have home-field advantage in a 2-3-2 format, the AL World Series team averages are based on four games and the NL teams are based on three.
In 2012, the A’s and Tigers met in the ALDS. It took five games, but the Detroit Tigers advanced to the ALCS, where we began to look at World Series ticket prices. Last year, the general trend for Detroit Tigers World Series ticket prices was a decline throughout the ALCS against the New York Yankees. Entering the Championship series, Tigers prices for their World Series home games averaged $950, second most expensive of the four remaining clubs behind the San Francisco Giants. Two days before the 2012 World Series began, Detroit Tigers prices for three home games averaged $708. Detroit Tigers World Series ticket prices reached an all-time low following the team’s first two losses to the Giants.
This year, the American League won the All-Star game. So, should the Tigers find themselves playing in the World Series for a second straight year, they would have home field advantage. When looking at average price of World Series Tigers tickets, we took the average of four games (last year, three). Entering the ALDS against the A’s, Detroit Tigers World Series tickets are averaging $1,660. Despite having the cheapest division series ticket price, the Tigers currently have the third most expensive World Series ticket average price.
|Detroit Tigers World Series Tickets||Avg. Price|
|World Series: Game 1||$1,396|
|World Series: Game 2||$1,464|
|World Series: Game 6||$1,777|
|World Series: Game 7||$2,027|
While we don’t have any World Series ticket data from the past decade on the Oakland A’s, we can begin to analyze 2013 prices. Entering the season, A’s regular season ticket prices averaged $57, 10th cheapest in the League. Athletics tickets for July were averaging $54. Both averages were below the League average at that time. Heading into the ALDS against the familiar Detroit Tigers, A’s tickets for the potential five-game series are averaging $125, third cheapest among the eight teams and again, below the division series average. Point being, Oakland Athletics tickets have been on the lower end of the spectrum the entire season and we would expect, that if the A’s make it to the World Series, their home games will have a respectable price tag. Before division series play began, Oakland Athletics World Series tickets averaged $947, second cheapest in MLB only to St. Louis Cardinals World Series tickets.
|Oakland Athletics World Series Tickets||Avg. Price|
|World Series: Game 1||$843|
|World Series: Game 2||$846|
|World Series: Game 6||$962|
|World Series: Game 7||$1,148|
The Red Sox have climbed from the bottom of the AL East standings to the top in one season. Boston fans were unsure just how strong this squad would be under new manager John Farrell. As the season went on, demand for Boston Red Sox tickets increased. In July, Boston Red Sox tickets were the most expensive in MLB, averaging $107 for games that month played at home. The average was $15 more than the second most expensive team in the league.
There has never been any doubt that Boston fans are loyal towards their sports teams. The Red Sox sold out 820 straight home games, a professional sports record. That loyalty is displayed in the high price of Boston Red Sox World Series tickets. At an average price of $1812, the Red Sox have the most expensive World Series prices to date. Will the Sox who have the best record in the American League, hang their first World Series banner since 2007?
|Boston Red Sox World Series Tickets||Avg. Price|
|World Series: Game 1||$1,727|
|World Series: Game 2||$1,554|
|World Series: Game 6||$1,907|
|World Series: Game 7||$2,069|
The Rays finished the latter half of the season 14-5 and were one of the hottest teams in baseball in September. Tampa Bay earned a division series berth after winning the AL tiebreaker in Arlington and most recently, the AL Wild Card in Cleveland. The AL Wild Card game averaged $93, less than 1/3 the cost of the NL Wild Card game. All season, Tampa Bay Rays tickets have hugged right around the average MLB ticket prices at that time. For example, ALDS tickets are averaging $167 on the secondary market; Rays ALDS tickets are averaging $160, up 19% in 24 hours.
Should the Rays go deeper into the MLB playoffs, and this trend continues – expect Rays World Series tickets to continue to be right around the average league price. Currently averaging $974, Tampa Bay Rays World Series tickets are the third cheapest of the eight remaining teams.
|Tampa Bay Rays World Series Tickets||Avg. Price|
|World Series: Game 1||$870|
|World Series: Game 2||$895|
|World Series: Game 6||$963|
|World Series: Game 7||$1,166|
Atlanta is healthy and Braves fans are excited for this postseason. The Atlanta Braves won its first division title since 2005 this season and while fans may have been upset about losing home field advantage in the NL for half a second, I’m sure they got over it quickly when they saw that had that been true, they’d be facing a very hot Pirates team with an even more enthusiastic fan base.
Atlanta Braves World Series tickets are averaging $1,129 with all three home games currently costing around $350 to get in. Braves prices are in the middle of the pack when comparing average price to the other postseason teams, but have some of the cheapest World Series tickets if you are looking to just grab any seat in the house.
|Atlanta Braves World Series Tickets||Avg. Price|
|World Series: Game 3||$1,087|
|World Series: Game 4||$1,134|
|World Series: Game 5||$1,172|
As a large market team, you’d expect Dodgers tickets to be priced at a premium. While that is the case this postseason, Los Angeles Dodgers ticket prices started out as one of the cheapest teams in the League. And, they remained a top 5 cheapest team in MLB until July. Entering July, Matt Kemp was back in the Dodgers’ lineup, rookie Yasiel Puig was making a powerful statement, and the Dodgers had won seven of their last eight.
Those big market prices that we’d expect are evident in Dodgers World Series ticket prices. All three home games have an asking price of at least $406 and total, they average $1,333. The Dodgers have both the fourth most expensive World Series tickets and Division Series tickets (avg. $142).
|Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Tickets||Avg. Price|
|World Series: Game 3||$1,240|
|World Series: Game 4||$1,333|
|World Series: Game 5||$1,441|
Throughout the regular season, tickets at Busch Stadium have been some of the cheapest on the market. However, St. Louis Cardinals road tickets were consistently in the top 5. At an average price of $609, the Cards were the fourth most expensive road team when the season started.
During last year’s NLCS, the St. Louis Cardinals had the cheapest World Series ticket prices among the four Championship Series teams. The trend continues this year; entering the NLDS, Cardinals World Series tickets are the cheapest of any contender averaging $904. While the Cardinals do not have the lowest get-in when it comes to World Series prices, they do have the second lowest maximum priced ticket. World Series tickets in St. Louis range from $425 – $3,486.
|St. Louis Cardinals World Series Tickets||Avg. Price|
|World Series: Game 3||$863|
|World Series: Game 4||$918|
|World Series: Game 5||$949|
Entering the 2013 season, the Pirates had the cheapest ticket in MLB. By the All-Star game, Pirates tickets rose to 18th highest. Now, the Pirates hold the most expensive Division Series ticket of any of the eight teams and the second most expensive World Series tickets. While fans are jumping off bridges in Pittsburgh, World Series ticket prices are jumping off pages. Good news is, in the last 24 hours, Pirates NLDS tickets are down 19%.
The average price of Pirates World Series tickets is $1,733, which is equal to the cost of 18 lower level tickets to the Pittsburgh Steelers/Baltimore Ravens game on October 20 in the City. Right now, a seat inside PNC Park is no cheaper than $575. Demand is high after Pittsburgh won its first ‘postseason’ game at home in 21 years. If the Pirates get a chance to compete for the Commissioner’s Trophy, expect World Series ticket prices to be pricey in Pittsburgh.
|Pittsburgh Pirates World Series Tickets||Avg. Price|
|World Series: Game 3||$1,742|
|World Series: Game 4||$1,766|
|World Series: Game 5||$1,810|