Winning the World Series can bring many positives for a fan base of any baseball teams. After winning the World Series three times since 2004, Red Sox fans have now become accustomed to some of those highs. An often passed over disadvantage to winning the World Series, is the rising ticket prices on the secondary market for the following season. While many fans would gladly pay a higher price in exchange for a championship, Boston Red Sox tickets have seen a large increase in average ticket price between 2013 and 2014.
Over the 2013 season, the average price for Red Sox games at Fenway Park had an average price of $101.24. The average was right in line with 2012’s average of $101.90. Both were effects of Boston’s disastrous 2012 season, finishing fifth in the American League East with a 69-93 record. Ticket prices declined during the 2012 season and carried over to the start of 2013, only picking up in the second half of last season. For 2014, the average ticket price has raised over 50% to $154.14 per game. Boston let some key contributors like Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia go during free agency, but optimism is still abound with young players like Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. expected to be productive young players in the 2014 lineup.
Adding those young players with the veterans on the roster, such as David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, the Red Sox are considered a top contender for another World Series title at the end of the season. It is still a long season, though, evidenced by Boston’s turn from worst to first last season. The Red Sox will have a long road ahead of them to get back to the Fall Classic. Along that road are the top home series for the Red Sox, each well above the average home price this season.