The Major League Baseball season is quickly approaching as pitchers and catchers will start reporting to spring training over the next few weeks. Once position players start reporting to camp, it will be full steam ahead into the regular season. With the start of the regular season comes the start of fans buying tickets for those games. Before you go out and purchase tickets, be sure to check out our seating charts for all the stadiums across MLB.
Tickets will likely be in demand for the home games of the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox. As they play in one of the smaller parks in the league, there’s usually a higher demand than supply for Red Sox tickets, especially during the sellout streak for the past few seasons. Our Fenway Park seating chart will get you ready for the upcoming 81 home as Boston will try to repeat the success of last season.
Two teams in Boston’s division will be trying to keep the Red Sox from winning the AL East for the second straight season. The New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles both finished 85-77 in 2013 for third and fourth place in the division. Last year the AL East was the only division in baseball to have four teams finish the season above .500. The Yankees are hoping their major signings of Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Masahiro Tanaka will help gain ground on the Red Sox. Despite the off year in terms of results and a non-playoff appearance, the Yankees still led the American League in total attendance. For Yankees fans, the Yankee Stadium seating chart will give fans a view of the best options to see Yankees games this season. The Orioles have been much quieter in free agency, but will still hope to gain ground in the division. Camden Yards is one of the most scenic ballparks in the league and our Camden Yards seating chart will give fans the opportunity to pick the best views before purchasing tickets.
Also trying to dethrone the Red Sox, but in a different way will be the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals were defeated by the Red Sox in the World Series last year and will be trying to at least get back to the Fall Classic in 2014. St. Louis returns most of their roster that pushed the Cardinals to the most wins in the National league during the regular season. St. Louis was 54-27 at home in 2013 and our Busch Stadium seating chart gives you a great look at the best seats in the stadium.
The National League Central also has two of most aesthetically pleasing ballparks in the major leagues. Those two stadiums belong to the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. The Wrigley Field seating chart will give Cubs fans the best views from the stadium, whether they’re facing or behind the outfield ivy. Our PNC Park seating chart can give potential Pirates tickets buyers the option to sit behind the plate for one of the best views in all of baseball overlooking the Allegheny River. The Cubs will still be in a rebuilding process during 2013, but the Pirates want to improve upon their run to the playoffs last season.
St. Louis’ biggest threat in the National League, though, could be out west in Los Angeles. The Dodgers finished last year 92-70 after a rough start to the season and were able to advance to the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers spent the offseason making ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw the highest paid player in baseball, which have set expectations for both Kershaw and the Dodgers astronomically high. The Dodgers will be the favorites to win the NL West and after finishing first in the National League in attendance in 2013, the demand for Dodgers tickets could also start soaring. Before getting your tickets, be sure to check out our Dodger Stadium seating chart to ensure you get the best seat in the house.
The National League East is expected to be a much tighter division than the NL West. The Atlanta Braves won the division last season while the preseason favorite Washington Nationals hovered around .500 for a majority of the season. The Nationals have improved this season with the addition of starting pitcher Doug Fister and could reclaim the division title they won in 2012. The Braves will be leaving Turner Field in a few years, but that shouldn’t stop fans from checking the Turner Field seating chart for the best seats at the ballpark this season. Despite the underwhelming year, based on expectations, the Nationals jumped from ninth in National League attendance in 2012 to sixth in 2013. With an improved team this season, they could continue that jump and the Nationals Park seating chart will be the best place to check before getting Nationals tickets this year.
Two other teams in the NL East will continue selling tickets at a high volume, but aren’t expected to finish the season at the top of the standings. The New York Mets are one of those teams, though they fell to 13th in the National League in total attendance last year. Some young players approaching the majors, like Noah Syndergaard, could help boost some sales this season, especially with Matt Harvey missing the season after Tommy John surgery. Whether the stadium is full or not, the Citi Field seating chart will be the best place to check before purchasing tickets. The other team in that group is the Philadelphia Phillies, who were able to come in third in total attendance despite a 73-89 record. Phillies fans were still coming to see the team play through its struggles and will likely to do so again this season. For those fans, checking out our Citizens Bank Park seating chart can help secure the best tickets for a nearly sold out park every night.
Opening Day will be upon us soon and the baseball season will be here to carry fans through the dog days of summer. Through those days, TicketIQ will be the best place to purchase tickets and our seating charts will help optimize the ticket purchasing experience.