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As Second Half of MLB Season Begins, Giants Seeing Biggest Resale Ticket Price Increase, Mets Worst PDF Print E-mail
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Ticket & Attendance Watch
Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 14 July 2011 08:03

As the second half of the 2011 Major League Baseball season kicks off today, the reigning World Champion San Francisco Giants see, understandably, the greatest ticket price increase on the resale market, compared to the same point last season. On the secondary market, the Giants have an average ticket price of $63.78, or a 45 percent increase from last year’s price of $44.00, according to ticket research and resale company, TiqIQ.

Overall, the average ticket price heading into the second half of the season is down almost 9 percent from 2010.

At the other end of the spectrum, the New York Mets, besieged by the Madoff scandal see the largest drop. Tickets last year going into the second half were running at $107.86 on the resale market, compared to $52.26 this year, a decline of 51.55 percent.

In terms of overall price, while the club sees a slight decrease from last year (just over 1 percent), the Red Sox still lead the way with the average resale price of $124.41 heading into the second half of the season. You have to go all the way back to the Blue Jays ($91.58) to get to the second highest. The Yankees ($81.97), Phillies ($73.01), and D-Backs ($71.09) round out the top 5.

In terms of bang for your buck, the Royals at just $31.00 on the resale market are the lowest priced team, But the real bargain is the second lowest priced team, the NL Central leading Brewers who have an average resale price of just $34.00. They’re followed by the surprising Pirates ($39.00), Angels ($41.00), and Cardinals ($42.00).

Oh, and for those watching the saga with the Dodgers and Frank McCourt, secondary prices have dropped 25.22 percent ($43.00 from $57.50 last season) heading into the second half.

Select READ MORE to see resale prices for all 30 clubs, by increase/decrease from last season heading into the second half of the season.

Club

2011

2010

% +/-

Giants

$63.78

$44.00

44.95%

Angels

$41.00

$29.00

41.38%

Marlins

$51.93

$43.00

20.77%

Rangers

$56.25

$50.17

12.12%

Nats

$50.00

$45.00

11.11%

Pirates

$39.00

$36.00

8.33%

Mariners

$52.20

$50.17

4.05%

Athletics

$62.39

$60.34

3.40%

Cardinals

$42.00

$41.00

2.44%

Astros

$58.37

$57.92

0.78%

Padres

$43.00

$43.00

0.00%

Phillies

$73.01

$73.23

-0.30%

Red Sox

$124.41

$125.79

-1.10%

DBacks

$71.09

$74.74

-4.88%

Indians

$50.91

$54.32

-6.28%

Braves

$50.00

$53.67

-6.84%

Rays

$50.97

$54.89

-7.14%

Brewers

$34.00

$38.00

-10.53%

Cubs

$68.30

$78.70

-13.21%

Blue Jays

$91.58

$105.67

-13.33%

White Sox

$65.43

$76.32

-14.27%

Orioles

$55.30

$65.06

-15.00%

Yankees

$81.97

$96.77

-15.29%

Tigers

$45.00

$53.17

-15.37%

Reds

$43.00

$51.34

-16.24%

Dodgers

$43.00

$57.50

-25.22%

Twins

$57.73

$80.70

-28.46%

Royals

$31.00

$44.00

-29.55%

Rockies

$46.00

$67.66

-32.01%

Mets

$52.26

$107.86

-51.55%

AVERAGE

$56.50

$61.97

-8.83%

Source: TiqIQ


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