For the third time in the last ten years, the Boston Red Sox will be heading into spring training as the defending World Series champions. Due to that feat, the excitement for Red Sox spring training tickets are some of the highest in MLB. The average ticket price for games at JetBlue Park in Ft. Myers is $78.35, higher than some teams’ regular season home average. Four of the top five spring games for Boston have an average price above $100.
3/20/14 vs New York Yankees | Avg. Price $131.99 | Get-in Price $31
It doesn’t matter if its the regular season or just spring training, anytime the Yankees and Red Sox play it will be a big draw. The price of this game is 68% above Boston’s spring average. This will be the only game the Yankees come into Ft. Myers and it comes just two days after the two teams play in Tampa.
3/17/14 vs St. Louis Cardinals | Avg. Price $120.78 | Get-in Price $35
A rematch of the World Series is also a big draw even in the spring. The average price for the game against the Cardinals trails the one against the Yankees, but this game’s get-in price is the highest for any home Red Sox game all spring.
3/15/14 vs Philadelphia Phillies | Avg. Price $108.24 | Get-in Price $25
The prices for both the game average and get-in start to drop a bit after the Yankees and Cardinals. The Saturday night game against the Phillies still hold an average price above $100, though it ties for the least expensive starting price of the top five spring games.
3/19/14 vs Pittsburgh Pirates | Avg. Price $100.78 | Get-in Price $27
The Pirates and Red Sox were two of the surprise teams in baseball last season and will be using this Wednesday night game to get their rosters in shape to stay in the playoff race during the regular season. With a cheaper average price, the game against Pittsburgh sneaks a get-in price just above Philadelphia.
3/23/14 vs Tampa Bay Rays | Avg. Price $84.53 | Get-in Price $25
The Rays were the biggest threat to the Red Sox within the AL East last season, but the average price drops significantly for their visit to JetBlue Park. The first game to feature an average price below $100 just under 8% above the average spring price.
Even after a World Series victory, the Red Sox have a chance to get younger and improve in spring training. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts will be two prospects using spring to prepare to take over major starting roles in the regular season.