2015 Dodgers Opening Day Tickets Up 57% Since December

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to be one of the best teams in baseball during the 2015 season. Anchored by Clayton Kershaw in the rotation and Yasiel Puig in the heart of the order, the Dodgers are the favorites to win the National League West. One of Los Angeles’ challengers will be the San Diego Padres, who will be the Opening Day opponent at Dodger Stadium.

San Diego overhauled their roster in the offseason and that has led to continued to boost prices for Opening Day Dodgers tickets on secondary market. The current average price for Dodgers vs Padres tickets is $301.32, up 56.7% from December. The get-in price has also increased significantly in that time, now at $116 from $62.

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The 2015 Los Angeles Dodgers have completely overhauled their roster after a disappointing showing in the NLDS. Ace Clayton Kershaw lost two games to the St. Louis Cardinals while Los Angeles’s offense failed to generate much offense against St. Louis’s starters. Los Angeles did not re-sign shortstop Hanley Ramirez and instead opted to trade for Jimmy Rollins as a cheaper short-term replacement. While Rollins isn’t the dynamic player that he used to be, his hardworking demeanor will be welcomed and even at his age, his defense will be superior to Ramirez’s at the position. Los Angeles also opted to trade outfielder Matt Kemp, along with $32 million, to the San Diego Padres. Kemp had an inconsistent, injury-riddled career as a member of the Dodgers. Trading him within the division indicates that Los Angeles does not fear him. Los Angeles also signed pitcher Brandon McCarthy away from the New York Yankees. McCarthy, who signed a four-year, $48 million deal, will fit nicely in the back of the rotation. Los Angeles had a disappointing ending to its 2014 season, but tickets are still in high-demand.

Dodgers Opening Day Ticket Prices Since 2010

 

Year Opponent Avg Price Get-in Price
2015 vs SD $301.32 $116
2014 vs SF $214.07 $77
2013 vs SF $275.2 $23
2012 vs PIT $155.54 $43
2011 vs SF $162.09 $30
2010 vs ARI $151.93 $50

 

Opening Day at Dodger Stadium will occur on April 6 when Los Angeles hosts the San Diego Padres and Matt Kemp. Currently, the average ticket price for Opening Day is $192.31 while the get-in price is $62. Opening Day ticket prices for 2015 are the third highest prices over the last five years. Opening Day in 2010 fetched an average ticket price of $151.93 while the get-in price was $50. Average ticket prices for Opening Day in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 were $162.09, $155.54, $275.20, and $214.07, respectively. The get-in prices for these games were $30, $43, $23, and $77, respectively.

Even though San Francisco enters this season as the defending World Series champions, Los Angeles is once again favored to win the NL West. Los Angeles has the starting pitching, bullpen depth, and hitting to make a deep run in the post-season.

 

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