Red Sox ticket prices are being raised 2.5% for 2019 season

BOSTON, MA - MAY 18: A sunset during the fourth inning at Fenway Park on May 18, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 18: A sunset during the fourth inning at Fenway Park on May 18, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

The Boston Red Sox have announced they will be raising the prices of their tickets for the 2019 season. How much more will it cost to visit Fenway Park?

Visiting Fenway Park is going to be a little more expensive for Boston Red Sox fans next season.

The Red Sox announced on Thursday they will be raising their ticket prices an average of 2.5% next season, as well as adding a new ‘Diamond’ price tier for their most sought-after games in 2019.

The ‘Diamond’ tier includes the home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 9th, a World Series rematch against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 12th and 13th, and three games against the New York Yankees on July 26th and 27th, as well as September 7th. These games will be raised 10% compared to 2018 prices, while the rest of Boston’s 79 home games, which are priced based on five tiers, will be raised an average of 1.6%.

The only games not included in this price increase are the two ‘home’ games Boston will play against the Yankees in London, England towards the end of June.

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Every seating section in Fenway Park is going to be affected by the price hike. The highest increase will be for the Field Box sections rows A-E, where they will be bumped from $155 to $161.14. Another big uptick is in the Sam’s Deck barstool section, going from $100 to $104.14. Even the Upper Bleachers will see an increase from $25 to $30.38.

This is nothing new for the Red Sox, as they have raised their ticket prices every year since their 2013 World Series Championship victory, and seven times in the last 11 years. In 2014, prices went up 4.8%, followed by a freeze in 2015, then raises of 1.4%, 2.9%, and 2.5% in each of the following years. While fans might not be happy to see another ticket hike, it can be seen as a positive that the raise was not as high as it was following the team’s previous World Series victory.

In 2018, the Red Sox had the highest average ticket prices in the American League at $56.97, second only in baseball to the Chicago Cubs.

The Red Sox will also continue their discounted prices for active and veteran military members, high school and college students, and clergy members.

This has been a consistent trend for Boston over recent years, and should have been expected considering the team’s 2018 World Series victory, their second in six years and fourth this century.

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Fenway Park has one of the smallest capacities in the majors, seating just under 38,000 people per game. Combine that with Boston’s league-high $228 million team payroll, and while fans will have to dig a little deeper in their wallets to see the Red Sox play, they can be confident in knowing it will be money well spent.