Here's some rough news Red Sox fans: If you want to go to a game, you'll have to shell out more than the fans of any other team in baseball.
That's if you don't already have a ticket or manage to score one from the box office. On the secondary market, which trades vigorously in Red Sox tickets, the average price of a seat at Fenway is $151, according to the ticket aggregator TiqIQ.com. (You can see more about other teams in my story for Time.)
That's not all. Sox tickets top pretty much every category: Most expensive Opening Day ticket and the five priciest single game tickets in all of baseball.
A seat at Opening Day next week at Fenway is already averaging $306 a seat. Averaging. TiqIQ presents a collection of seats that are on sale through vendors including StubHub, TicketsNow, TicketNetwork and eBay.
Opening Day may be the highest priced ticket for every other team in baseball. Not the Sox.
How about paying an average of $509 for the first match-up of the season with the Yankees on April 20? That would be more than $2,000 for four seats, if you get the average priced ticket.
You can still do it on the cheap, by comparison, and get a seat in the bleachers for between $100 and $150 a ticket for that game. And, if money is no object, there are field box seats going for more than $2,000 apiece.
Here are the five priciest games so far (all at Fenway), according to TiqIQ:
- April 20 against the Yankees ($509)
- July 6 against the Yankees ($356)
- July 7 against the Yankees ($335)
- April 13 against the Tampa Bay Rays ($306)
- Sept. 12 against the Yankees ($278)
So, if you've got money to spare or you've saved up for the privilege, you, too, can go to Fenway to see the Sox. Or you can make every effort to be one of the lucky ones who actually gets a ticket from the box office (or a friend with season tickets). Still not cheap, but a lot less than the open market can bring.
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