Best baseball town? Fans' wallets say ... Boston
Deserved or not, both Cardinals and Red Sox supporters have reputations for being great, loyal fans. But if you're going by ticket demand, Beantown comes out on top.
This post comes from Tom Van Riper at partner site Forbes.com.
The St. Louis-based Sporting News has no problem hailing the city No. 1.
When it comes to putting their money where their hearts are, though, St. Louis fans don’t quite measure up -- at least not to Boston. The latest secondary market ticket prices are in, according to online reseller Vivid Seats. The first two games at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium went for an average of $874 (Game Three) and $817 (Game Four) online, with median prices in the mid-$600s. For Monday night’s Game Five, asking prices a few hours before first pitch were averaging $1,090, with a $683 median.
Pretty strong demand, until you compare it to games at Boston’s Fenway Park. With average prices over $1,000 for the first two games of the series in the books, Fenway is clearly the place to be this October. Standing room customers in the rear of the right field grandstand reported paying over $500 to get in.
And Boston prices are climbing as the series progresses. The average asking price for Game Six, scheduled for Wednesday night, is just shy of $1,800, according to Vivid Seats, with a median of almost $1,400. Most bleacher and outfield grandstand seats are going for over $600.
The average price for Game Seven on Halloween night, should it be necessary, is $2,000; the median nearly $1,600.
To be fair, Fenway has a smaller capacity than Busch Stadium, and holds the advantage of hosting a possible climactic seventh game. Still, which would you call America’s baseball town?
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I could have written this and I'm not a writer. The cost of EVERYTHING is higher in Boston. Of course it's going to be more expensive. Check yearly attendance (even in down years)....how do the fans act after a championship....how do they treat visiting fans....it's all first class in STL.
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