Is the Cost Associated with Attending MLB Games too High?

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Team Marketing Report has released its annual Fan Cost Index for Major League Baseball. Not surprisingly, the Red Sox, Yankees and Cubs charge the most for tickets. Most expensive beer? That “honor” goes to the Miami Marlins, whose cheapest beer is $8. From the release:

The average ticket (which excludes premium categories) for the 2012 season is $26.98, 1 cent higher than last year’s survey. Sixteen teams raised prices.

In the previous two seasons, tickets to baseball games already had the slowest growth in the history of the 21-year history of the survey, with a 1.2 percent increase in 2011 and a 1.5 jump in 2010.

The Fan Cost Index, the total price to take a family of four to a game increased by 2.4 percent to $207.68, according to Team Marketing Report’s exclusive survey.

The Fan Cost Index is created by combining four non-premium tickets, two beers, four soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking, two programs and two adult-size hats.

As always, remember that the cost of attending baseball games is in addition to the public subsidization of these teams’ stadiums. In Miami, for instance, the public could end up paying $2.4 billion for the privilege of paying $242 to take a family of four to the game…

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