The Kansas City Royals are definitely trying to make local fans believe 2012 is the season the Royals will contend for a playoff spot. Using their “It’s Our Time” campaign and the All-Star game, the Royals organization have also passed on a hefty hike in ticket prices on to fans.
Compared to 2011, the Royals have the 3rd largest jump in average non-premium ticket prices in all of baseball at 15.2 percent taking the average to $21.84.
Sneaky, right? Hosting the All-Star game and guaranteeing festivities tickets only to season ticket holders, the Royals managed to hike the prices right beneath our noses.
Of course, it will be well worth it if the Royals do actually make the playoffs. I am not disputing that fact.
Here are some of the other teams’ ticket prices across MLB
- Boston Red Sox, average non-premium – $53.38, highest in MLB
- New York Yankees, average non-premium – $51.55, 2nd highest in MLB
- Miami Marlins, 36.5 percent increase to $26.02, highest price increase
- Pittsburgh Pirates average increased 15.3 percent to $17.74, 2nd highest increase
- The Chicago White Sox cut their average 28.7 percent to $29, biggest in MLB
- Los Angeles Dodgers slashed theirs 24.1 percent to $23.22, 2nd biggest
- New York Mets dropped their average 15.5 percent to $27.24, 3rd biggest
- San Diego Padres have the lowest average non-premium ticket at $15.67
- Arizona Diamondbacks $15.74 non-premium ticket average, 2nd lowest
As a fan, I love the commitment to spending more money on payroll to build a winning organization. As a Jackson County tax payer, I am a bit upset in the ticket price hike just a few years after passing a huge renovation and maintenace tax for the stadium.
What are you thoughts on Royals or MLB ticket prices?