SOURCE: Ticket Liquidator
SOUTH WINDSOR, CT--(Marketwire - Jun 27, 2012) - As the midway point of the 2012 Major League Baseball season nears, the Boston Red Sox remain the most expensive ticket in baseball according to data compiled by Ticket Liquidator, the second-largest ticketing website on the secondary market. The Red Sox are the only Major League team to top the century mark at an average ticket price of $101.11 in 2012, more than 26 percent more expensive than the next-most-expensive ticket -- the New York Mets at an average ticket price of $80.15. Rounding out the top five are the Toronto Blue Jays at an average ticket price of $76.51, the Chicago Cubs at an average ticket price of $74.57, and the New York Yankees at an average ticket price of $71.15. The cheapest ticket in baseball is the Pittsburgh Pirates at an average price of $33.21. For a full list of the average ticket prices of all 30 teams, visit Ticket Liquidator's Entertainment blog Live Toast at www.ticketliquidator.com/livetoast.
Despite being the most expensive ticket in baseball, the Boston Red Sox have sold the third-most tickets on Ticket Liquidator during the first half of the 2012 season. The only teams outpacing the Red Sox in total tickets sold are the Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees, who have sold the most. The team who has sold the least amount of tickets on Ticket Liquidator during the first half of 2012 is the Oakland Athletics. A variety of reasons exist why the Red Sox tickets are so much more expensive than all the other teams, but one obvious factor is supply and demand. Fenway Park, which celebrates its' 100-year anniversary in 2012, is one of the smallest stadiums in baseball, with a seating capacity of 37,495. In contrast, Yankee Stadium has a capacity of 50,921.
Tickets for the 2012 MLB All Star game at the Kansas City Royal's Kauffman Stadium have also been in high demand, as Kauffman Stadium's capacity of 37,903 is similar to Fenway Park. The All Star game takes place on July 10, 2012, as baseball fans get a chance to see the return of former St. Louis Cardinals' manager Tony La Russa as he comes out of retirement to coach the National League. Tickets for the 2012 MLB All Star Game have sold for an average price of $469.33 on Ticket Liquidator. As of the writing of this article, 723 tickets for the All Star game remain for sale on Ticket Liquidator starting at $242 for standing room only. Due to the nature of the secondary ticket market, ticket prices will fluctuate and may be higher or lower than the prices listed here. Tickets are also available on Ticket Liquidator for the Home Run Derby, the All-Star Futures game and other All Star weekend festivities.
About Ticket Liquidator: Ticket Liquidator is a nationwide network through which companies and consumers list tickets for 60,000-80,000 events at any particular time. Ticket Liquidator specializes in hard-to-find concert tickets, theater tickets and sports tickets from North America and Europe, offering customers access to almost 10,000,000 tickets through its marketplace. Ticket Liquidator is headquartered in South Windsor, Connecticut. Ticket Liquidator is in no way associated with Major League Baseball or the venues listed.