April 7, 2010 1:00 PM
By Paul Sullivan
ATLANTA — The Cubs have the highest average ticket price in baseball, according to an analysis by Team Marketing Report, and also had the second-highest ticket increase in 2010.
The average ticket price at Wrigley Field is $52.56, according to TMR, barely edging out Boston ($52.32) and the New York Yankees ($51.83). The White Sox rank fourth at $38.65. The average major-league ticket price is $26.79.
The Cubs also had a 10.1 percent increase over 2009, which trailed only a 45 percent increase by the Minnesota Twins, who are moving into a new ballpark, Target Field.
The average increase in major-league ticket prices over 2009 was 1.7 percent. The Cubs added 12 games in their highest-priced tier, going from 14 to 26 games in “platinum” games.
The Cubs also rank second to Boston in Fan Cost index — the price of taking a family of four to a game. The FCI for the Cubs is $329.74, an 8.2 percent increase. Boston’s FCI is $334.71, a 2.6 percent increase.