Baseball season has officially started. The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals played the first game of the 2015 season at Wrigley Field on Sunday night. A majority of the league will be opening the season on Monday afternoon. While only half the teams in the league can host Opening Days at the beginning of the week, there will be a second wave of Opening Days over the weekend and the on the 13th. Just because those Opening Days are later, does not mean they will not come with a premium price on the secondary market.
Across 15 Opening Days starting on Thursday, the average ticket price on the secondary market is $160.23. That’s nearly double the $81 average price across games during the regular season. Three games next Monday will hold an average price above $200.
The most expensive game will come when the San Francisco Giants play their first game of the season at AT&T Park. San Francisco will be celebrating their World Series victory by giving away championship pennants for those in attendance. San Francisco is hosting the Colorado Rockies, who are projected to be one of the bottom two teams in the National League West along with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The current average price for Giants Opening Day tickets is $215.83 with a get-in price of $112.
Close behind the Giants are the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox, who will also play their first home games on April 13. The Blue Jays’ home opener will come against the Tampa Bay Rays. The current average price for Blue Jays tickets is $202.32, though with a get-in price of $24. Boston will play its first 2015 home game at Fenway Park against the Washington Nationals. The current average price for Red Sox Opening Day tickets is $202.32 with a get-in price of $79.
Each Opening Day has an average price of at least $100. The least expensive is currently at PNC Park, where the Pittsburgh Pirates will host the Detroit Tigers. The current average price for that game is $106.91 with a get-in price of $41.