AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TicketCity, a trusted source for tickets to more than 75,000 sports, concerts, and theatre events, today announced the MLB teams that have delivered the best value to fans thus far in the 2013 season. Using an algorithm that compares the home schedule and performance of the 30 major league teams with their average home ticket price on the secondary market, the research provides a unique perspective on the best MLB teams to see play at home for fans on a budget.
The Pittsburgh Pirates, who have had their best start through the first quarter of the season in 21 years, are currently the best value in professional baseball. Despite winning 21 of their first 32 home games, Pirates fans have yet to show up in force, ranking 22nd out of the 30 major leagues teams for attendance. This lack of demand means Pirates tickets are a steal on the secondary market, with an average price of just $15, with some tickets starting as low as $6.
“One reason for the lack of demand for Pirates tickets may be fans’ skepticism of the team's early season success,” said Zach Anderson, COO at TicketCity. “However, with one of the most beautiful parks in baseball, fans that see the team at PNC Park are likely to continue to see the Pirates win at home–and against some strong teams at that.”
Other teams with lower than average ticket prices who have maintained a relatively strong home showing early in the season include the Nationals, with double-digit hits in four straight games for the first time this year. The Tigers are another high value ticket for fans, although their home performance is notably stronger than on the road. In comparison, MLB teams with historically strong franchises or recent championship appearances have some of the highest ticket prices on the secondary market, including the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants. Not surprisingly, the reigning World Series champions have the highest average ticket price, although their schedule and performance at home in 2013 is also arguably the strongest.
TicketCity has released a visual representation of the data that places all 30 MLB teams in four quadrants based on their cost/value ratio. Teams positioned in the upper left quadrant are the best value to fans because they boast competitive at home schedules and strong performance for the lowest average ticket price. In comparison, teams positioned in the upper right quadrant may have even stronger home schedules & performance, but are a higher ticket price for fans. Finally, teams in the lower two quadrants both have weaker at home schedules and performance, although ticket price varies widely–ultimately demonstrating the tenacity of certain fan bases.
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