CHICAGO - Major League Baseball's average ticket price rose 3.3 percent this season to $28.94, the steepest increase in six years.
Team Marketing Report said in its annual survey Monday the average is up 4.4 percent since 2013 after remaining flat in 2012.
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Boston had the highest average at $52.34 after leaving prices the same. The New York Yankees also left their average unchanged at $51.55 after missing the playoffs for the second straight season.
The Chicago Cubs, who renovated Wrigley Field and their roster, raised their average for the first time since 2010, a 1.5 percent increase to $44.81. The Cubs are coming off a last-place finish and fifth straight losing season.
The Dodgers' average rose 10.9 percent to $28.61 as Los Angeles hiked its opening-day payroll to a record $270 million, boosting the team's two-year increase to 27.9 percent.
After reaching the playoffs for the first time since 1985, winning the AL pennant and coming within one win of a World Series title, the Kansas City Royals had the largest increase for the second straight year, a 20.3 percent rise to $29.76. Following consecutive winning seasons, the Royals have increased their average 50 percent.
World Series champion San Francisco increased its average 6.8 percent to $33.78.
The average NFL ticket price was $84.43 last season, according to the survey. The NBA average is $53.98 this season and the NHL average is $62.18.
TMR's Fan Cost Index, which includes four average-price tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking and two adult-size caps, rose 2.5 percent to $211.68. The Red Sox were the high team at $350.86 and Arizona the low at $126.89. Programs were removed from the formula this year, and last year's fan index was retroactively adjusted.
The average premium ticket is $96.94. The Yankees have the highest average at $305.39 and San Diego the lowest at $41.18.