The nominal average salary of a Major League Baseball player in 1966 was just under $18,000. In 2015, this figure rose to $4 million.
Average costs of admission also continue to rise, especially after the introduction of dynamic pricing in 2013. But that hasn’t stopped Americans appetite for long games, hot dogs and socialising with a beer throughout the game.
The average MLB ticket price rose 3.3 percent over the last season to $28.94, which is the largest increase since 2009 according to Team Marketing Report, a sports marketing publisher. The average Fan Cost Index, or FCI, is up 2.5 percent over last year to $211.68.
The Fan Cost Index includes the prices of four adult average-price tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two least expensive, adult-size adjustable caps.
Although that might sound like you’re getting a lot, some admission fees reflect better on the stadium rather than the team itself.
To keep you up to date on the best stadiums and how to get the most bang for your buck, here is a countdown of the top 15 most expensive average ticket prices for MLB baseball stadiums.
15 – Angel Stadium
Team: Los Angeles Angels
Coming in at number 15, the Angels Stadium is very nice and the tickets are reasonably priced at just below $28 on average. Going to see a baseball game here might be one of the most affordable things do in the the area that also features Disneyland Adventure Park – plus it’s a nice way to spend a warm evening in Southern California.
14 – Dodger Stadium
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers Stadium – also referred to as the Chavez Ravine – offers a great baseball experience and averages at $28.61 per ticket. The Dodgers had one of the highest payrolls in the game and one of the most exciting pitching staffs, so you’re sure to catch a good game.