The Red Sox are the reigning World Series Champions and will begin their title defense on March 31st against their division rivals the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore. The Red Sox do not begin the home part of their schedule until April 4th when the Milwaukee Brewers come into Fenway Park. Winning the World Series the previous season usually gives a boost to ticket prices and demand the following season and Red Sox tickets this season are no exception.
For all 2014 home games for the Red Sox, the average price is $144.17, the highest price in the major leagues. As for Opening Day tickets, fans will have to pay a little more for the first game at Fenway. The average for Opening Day tickets is $368.32, the only home opener over $300 this season. The Opening Day average is a 155.48% premium above all other games at Fenway Park this season. This year’s opening game at Fenway is slightly more expensive than last year, which had an average price of $342.23 against the Baltimore Orioles. The high average is slightly surprising since Boston was coming off a 69-93 record in the 2012 season.
Boston lost Jacoby Ellsbury, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Stephen Drew in free agency during the offseason, but they were replaced by Jackie Bradley Jr., Grady Sizemore, A.J. Pierzynski and top prospect Xander Bogaerts. The Red Sox will hope those players equal a net upgrade as the team is still the favorite to have the best record in the American League this season.
Any baseball game in Boston is going to be expensive this season and Opening Day is definitely included. With the high average price and increasing demand in the relatively small ballpark, it could be difficult to get Red Sox tickets for the season. The expected level of play should make every game worth the price of admission.