Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Bleacher Report: Finding the Best Consumer Value

One of those annual comparisons of stadium prices and experiences that crops up in the sleepiest season for baseball news. 

The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs are three of the most iconic teams in baseball, but given their inflated ticket prices, it’s hard to call any of them a bargain.

BDC Posted: February 04, 2014 at 08:45 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: business

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. valuearbitrageur Posted: February 04, 2014 at 03:44 PM (#4651583)
Pretty sure Yankees are now offering AARP discounts, given their endorsement of senior citizens.
   2. dr. scott Posted: February 04, 2014 at 03:47 PM (#4651587)
Interesting to consider the Giants a bargain with the A's so close. that being said the best deals I got last year were lower level seats for under $20 at AT&T on stubhub before memorial day about an hour before the game. After memorial day those deals all dried up.
   3. cardsfanboy Posted: February 04, 2014 at 03:48 PM (#4651588)
Before reading the article, if I had to guess who would be number one it would have been the Pirates. I was thinking the Rays would probably be second best but didn't consider the quality of the park that knocked them out of contention.
   4. DL from MN Posted: February 04, 2014 at 04:09 PM (#4651607)
Baltimore did really well for most of the ratings (park, ticket cost, concessions).
   5. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 04, 2014 at 05:22 PM (#4651681)
Bleacher Report


Lost interest right there, sorry.
   6. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: February 05, 2014 at 08:26 PM (#4652391)
Baltimore did really well for most of the ratings (park, ticket cost, concessions).

A buddy of mine went to see an O's-Yanks weekend series in Baltimore a few years back, claiming that tickets to all three games, plus hotel and food, cost less than than one comparable ticket in YS plus parking.
   7. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: February 05, 2014 at 11:16 PM (#4652462)
Average ticket price is really a misleading way to do this. Average ticket price is way too sensitive to crazy outlier expensive luxury box stuff to reflect the cost for the normal fan. The median is really the way to go for this kind of analysis (or excluding luxury boxes altogether), although now that I look at the top teams it might not change it that much.

My guess would still be that Pittsburgh has comparatively few expensive luxury box tickets compared to other stadiums/teams.

   8. greenback calls it soccer Posted: February 05, 2014 at 11:30 PM (#4652469)
I can get good Reds tickets for about half the price of similar Cardinals tickets. Aside from the weird love for Brandon Phillips, I can't say that the ballpark experience is any different either. Both cities have even made comparable half-hearted efforts to clean up the moonscape sites of the former nearby ballparks.
   9. Swoboda is freedom Posted: February 05, 2014 at 11:33 PM (#4652470)
My uncle lived in Cleveland and I have gone out to visit a couple of times over the last few years. Always, catch an Indians games. As a New Yorker, I am amazed by the relatively cheap seats, often with perks thrown in. We once had tickets that included free food a drinks.
   10. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: February 05, 2014 at 11:35 PM (#4652471)
If I were doing a study like this, I'd pick the ticket price for the front row, upper deck seat that is dead even with the base that the home team is on. That's probably a better measure than average price.
   11. Good cripple hitter Posted: February 05, 2014 at 11:46 PM (#4652472)
My guess would still be that Pittsburgh has comparatively few expensive luxury box tickets compared to other stadiums/teams.


I don't think that's it. I don't have time to look at this in any detail, but looking at Pittsburgh's ticket map, you can get seats behind home plate in the 100 level from $41 - $50, depending on if it's a premium game or not. That's $20 cheaper than (for example) Toronto, and almost certainly cheaper than almost any other MLB stadium.
   12. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: February 06, 2014 at 07:01 AM (#4652503)
If I were doing a study like this, I'd pick the ticket price for the front row, upper deck seat that is dead even with the base that the home team is on. That's probably a better measure than average price.

That's definitely a much better measure than the "average" price, whatever that is.

And if you wanted to add an historical note to it, find the inflation-adjusted price for an identical seat in the team's former ballpark(s)**, along with the distance between that seat and home plate. That's where the newer generations of ballparks really fall down in value.

**Information that's relatively easy to come by, at least from the 50's through the 90's. It was especially easy when all upper deck box seats were priced identically, regardless of location.
   13. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: February 06, 2014 at 07:10 AM (#4652505)
I think the brewers do pretty ok

the team is frustrating but entertaining (carlos!, segura), the food/beverages has good variety/ok cost, and there are plenty of ticket promotions
   14. BDC Posted: February 06, 2014 at 09:33 AM (#4652538)
one comparable ticket in YS plus parking

Parking (or other transit) is a factor not much studied in these comparisons. The cheapest upper-deck tickets in Arlington, for instance, are cheaper than parking, and there's no public transit to the Ballpark. So the club or their parking concession erodes some of the value by soaking captive parkers. OTOH, parking is certainly expensive in the Bronx, but even the cheapest game tickets cost way more than a couple of subway rides.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
phredbird
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogMLBTR: Padres-Rays-Nationals Agree to Three-Team Trade
(35 - 5:10am, Dec 18)
Last: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad)

NewsblogRoyals sign Edinson Volquez for two years, $20 million
(4 - 4:58am, Dec 18)
Last: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad)

NewsblogAZCentral: Miley's Preparation Apparently an Issue for DBacks
(14 - 4:03am, Dec 18)
Last: baerga1

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - December 2014
(643 - 2:32am, Dec 18)
Last: Howling John Shade

NewsblogMorosi - Effects of US Shift on Cuba Policy
(8 - 1:46am, Dec 18)
Last: stevegamer

NewsblogAre Wil Myers' flaws fixable? | FOX Sports
(74 - 1:04am, Dec 18)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogThe 2015 HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo!
(27 - 12:37am, Dec 18)
Last: SoSHially Unacceptable

NewsblogThe Dan Shaughnessy Hall Of Fame Ballot
(58 - 12:17am, Dec 18)
Last: SoSHially Unacceptable

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1960 Ballot
(6 - 12:08am, Dec 18)
Last: lieiam

NewsblogSource: Myers to Padres in 11-player deal with Rays, Nats | MLB.com
(3 - 11:39pm, Dec 17)
Last: zonk

NewsblogOT: Politics - December 2014: Baseball & Politics Collide in New Thriller
(4535 - 11:24pm, Dec 17)
Last: formerly dp

NewsblogOT: Soccer December 2014
(294 - 10:55pm, Dec 17)
Last: Dale Sams

NewsblogOT: NFL/NHL thread
(9148 - 10:39pm, Dec 17)
Last: Pops Freshenmeyer

NewsblogOrioles agree to one-year deal with LHP Wesley Wright, pending physical, source says
(11 - 8:58pm, Dec 17)
Last: escabeche

NewsblogIndians sign Gavin Floyd to deal
(9 - 8:37pm, Dec 17)
Last: Dock Ellis on Acid

Page rendered in 0.1886 seconds
48 querie(s) executed