For many baseball fans, Opening Day serves as a symbol of rebirth, a chance to forget last season and start fresh with a 0-0 record. This translates into record ticket demand, as fans clamor for a seat to the game. A ranking of the top 10 most expensive MLB Opening Day tickets can be found here.
While most of North America was fast asleep, the first Opening Day game in 2014 took place on March 22nd on a cricket field in Australia, with both games expected to draw over 40,000 fans. Excluding the prime-time Padres-Dodgers match-up on March 30th, all other MLB teams will kick off their 2014 season on March 31st or April 1. A few match-ups that stand out on the list:
Milwaukee Brewers at Boston Red Sox, April 4 – With last season’s World Series Championship title under their belt, the average ticket price for the Red Sox Opening Day game is currently $265. Ticket prices are up 143% compared to last year’s opening game (average ticket price in 2013 was $109). The Red Sox are also playing in the second most-expensive Opening Day game of the season against the Baltimore Orioles’ at Oriole Park.
Philadelphia Phillies at Texas Rangers, March 31st – Texas Rangers Opening Day ticket prices are up 30% from last year. The investments the Rangers made in their rooster during the off season seem to have re-ignited fans after the team fell short last season. Additionally, Phillies opening day starter Cliff Lee will be making his first return to Arlington since leaving Texas Rangers following the 2010 World Series.
Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals, April 7 – Rivals Cincinnati and St. Louis hold the #4 & #5 spots for both Opening Day games. Last year’s MVP Michael Wacha will start in the Cardinals home opener against their rival Cincinnati. The last time these two teams faced each other, Wacha held the Reds to six scoreless innings, allowing just 3 hits. The average ticket price for both Opening Day events is $157.