There were a couple of games last week in Japan and a Sunday nighter in Washington, D.C., but for purists, today marks the opening of the Major League Baseball season.
And one thing is for certain.
Actually, two things.
"Baseball has never been more popular, or more expensive to watch," said Jon Greenberg, executive director of Team Marketing Research (TMR), a firm that monitors costs of professional sports teams, in a weekend press release.
Baseball’s ticket prices will jump an average of 10.1 percent this season. For a family outing, you better
pay a visit to the ATM machine beforehand or have a couple of credit cards handy once you arrive.
It will cost a family of four an average of $191.75 to go to a big-league ballgame, a total that includes two adult and two kids’ tickets at the average price, plus two beers, four soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking, two programs and two adult caps.
That total is referred to by TMR as the Fan Cost Index (FCI). Boston has the highest FCI at $320.71. Tampa Bay ($136.91) has the lowest.
St. Louis has the seventh-highest FCI of $217.28. Just look at it as your contribution to the contracts of
Chris Carpenter and Mark Mulder.
The Cubs are No. 2 at $259.84. Alfonso Soriano and Kosuke Fukudome appreciate your fanhood.
St. Louis has the highest-priced beer ($8.50) and soda $5) in the majors.
The Cubs have the second-lowest average beer ($5) and soda ($2.50) prices.