Saturday December 9, 2023

The State of MLB Game Costs

  • The cost to attend an MLB game with a family four ranges from $144.25 to see the Arizona Diamondbacks to $376.49 for the Boston Red Sox.
  • The Baltimore Orioles increased costs nearly 30% from last year.
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The Baltimore Orioles are once again competing for MLB’s worst record this year, but going to see them at Camden Yards has gotten significantly more expensive.

The Orioles had the biggest year-to-year increase in estimated cost for a family of four to see a game, rising 29.4% to $245.77.

The numbers, calculated by Team Marketing Report and compiled by The Athletic, show a wide spread of in-game revenue across MLB.

  • The ​​$376.49 a family might spend seeing the most expensive team, the Boston Red Sox, is more than double the bottom four: the Pittsburgh Pirates ($183.86), Tampa Bay Rays ($179.86), Miami Marlins ($174.54), and Arizona Diamondbacks ($144.25).
  • The Orioles’ price increase was more than double that of the next-highest team, the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox, whose estimated cost rose 14.4% to $253.25.

MLB took in $10.7 billion in 2019 revenue but said it lost $3.1 billion last year in its pandemic-shortened 60-game season. Teams laid off hundreds of employees in 2020.

Fan revenue accounts for around 40% of team revenue in a typical season.

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