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Like that one time in 1996 when Charlie Sheen reportedly paid more than $6,500 for 2,615 tickets to Anaheim Stadium — to catch a home run ball that never happened — sometimes there are some pretty absurd costs involved in Major League Baseball.
It’s $6.25 for a hot dog at Yankee Stadium; $6 for a small soft drink at the Dodger Stadium; and it costs $25 to buy a cap at Fenway Park.
Prices continue to inch upward, but Americans’ appetite for peanuts, popcorn and pitching changes is at an all-time high. The 10 best-attended seasons in the sport’s history have come in the past 10 years, including 73.7 million fans in 2014 and nearly 73.8 million fans in 2015.
The average MLB ticket price rose 3.3% over the course of last season to $28.94, the largest increase since 2009, according to Team Marketing Report, a sports marketing publisher. The average Fan Cost Index, or FCI, rose 2.5% in 2015 to $211.68. The FCI figure includes 4 adult average-price tickets, 2 small draft beers, 4 small soft drinks, 4 (regular) hot dogs, parking and 2 of the cheapest hats.
Don’t be fooled. It might sound like you’re getting a lot, but you’ll also be spending a lot at these 10 most expensive ballparks.
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