2014 was a season filled with disappointment for the Cincinnati Reds. The team finished a forgettable 10 games under .500 at 76-86, owning fourth-place honors in a National League Central dominated by the St. Louis Cardinals. Hope springs eternal as spring training gears up, however, and the secondary market will see ticket prices increase at Great American Ballpark in 2015.
The average price for Reds tickets on TicketIQ is $42, marking a price jump of 13.5% from last season’s average of $37. Reds Opening Day tickets average at $216.32, an exorbitant 415% above the season average. The cheapest seat to the April 6 game against the Pirates is $71.
Prices will come back down to earth following the team’s first home game. The second most expensive game on the Reds schedule this season will be on April 25 against the Cubs. That day, the average price for Reds vs Cubs tickets is $56.88 and the get-in price starts at $12 on the secondary market. A May 16 game against the defending champion Giants will be the team’s third most expensive home game in 2015. Reds vs Giants tickets to that game average at $54.96 and the cheapest seat is $10.
Three consecutive games against the Brewers in late May will be the cheapest Reds games at Great American Ballpark. On April 29, Reds vs Brewers tickets own a secondary average of $33, 21.4% below season average. Both games on April 28 and 27 see tickets average at $34. Get-in price for each game in the series is just $3.
The Reds will only go as far as their two stars in Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips will take them in 2015. Both players suffered extensive injuries last season, allowing the Reds to slowly descend into obscurity in the Central. With the two returning to full health, the team has the potential to make waves in the division, but don’t expect the Reds to be fighting for elbow room with the Cardinals and Brewers come September.