With both the American and National League Championship Series well underway, many fans are already making plans for the 2013 World Series. Although tickets for the World Series for all remaining playoff teams have already gone on sale and have sold out, many tickets can still be purchased on the secondary market. By analyzing these secondary market ticket prices we can also gauge relative fan interest. After digging through the data on World Series ticket prices, it is clear that the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers would be the most desirable match-up from a marketing perspective.
Boston Red Sox fans, or Red Sox Nation, are well known for supporting their team. So, it is no surprise that the Red Sox boast the highest average ticket prices coming in at a whooping $1837.35 per ticket. While the Detroit Tigers do have a dedicated fan base, Detroit has nowhere near the population as Boston. It also doesn’t help that the city of Detroit is bankrupt!
In the National League, at first glance, the Los Angeles Dodgers are somewhat of a surprise for having a higher average ticket price that the St. Louis Cardinals. Dodger fans are well know for being apathetic about their team and are notorious for showing up in the 3rd inning and leaving by the 7th. While Dodger fans may be considered “fair weather”, the L.A. area is very affluent. So, perhaps the $1556.98 average ticket prices really isn’t that much of a shock. While the St. Louis Cardinals have one of the most dedicated fan bases in all of baseball, the come in with the lowest average ticket price. This is probably due to the consistent winning. Just getting to the World Series is not enough to get Cardinal Nation excited these day. Apparently, they tend to wait until they are in a position to clinch the MLB title.
2013 World Series Ticket Prices**
Detroit Tigers World Series Tickets:
Number of Listings: 463
Average Ticket Price: $1134.41
Most Expensive Seat: Suite 221 at $60950.00
Boston Red Sox World Series Tickets:
Number of Listings: 458
Average Ticket Price: $1837.35
Most Expensive Seat: Dugout 36 at $13972.00
St Louis Cardinals World Series Tickets:
Number of Listings: 286
Average Ticket Price: $866.17
Most Expensive Seat: 155 Diamond Box D at $3166.00
Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Tickets:
Number of Listings: 711
Average Ticket Price: $1556.98
Most Expensive Seat: 8 Dugout AA at $11938.00
**Secondary market ticket data was compiled from a combination of tickets listed at Tickifieds.com and analysis of data from the largest network of ticket brokers in the U.S.