Indians’ home opener has fifth-highest average list price in MLB

Courtesy of Crain’s Cleveland Business:

The Indians’ first World Series trip in 19 years has meant a substantial increase in the club’s season-ticket numbers.

It goes without saying, then, that the secondary market for Tribe home games will be much more active this season.

TicketIQ, a ticket search engine and aggregator, says the Indians’ April 11 home opener against the White Sox has the fifth-highest average listing price in MLB, at $294. The champion Cubs lead the way at $443 for their home opener, followed by the Cardinals ($374), Braves ($367), Mets ($336) and Tribe.

TicketIQ, which says it has listings for 90% of the available inventory on the secondary market, has a get-in price of $114 for the Indians’ April 11 home opener against the White Sox. Seats for that contest start at $91.50 on StubHub.

Other notable games with a high demand are July 4 against the Padres (a $45 get-in price on TicketIQ and $29.99 on StubHub); July 8, a Saturday night game against the Tigers ($50 get-in on TicketIQ and $34 on StubHub); and July 22, a Saturday night contest against the Blue Jays (starting prices of $44 on TicketIQ and $40 on StubHub).

Those three contests feature promotional giveaways that will be popular no matter how well the Indians are faring on the field. The July 4 game includes a Francisco Lindor bobblehead, plus fireworks, and the July 8 matchup against Detroit has an Andrew Miller jersey-fireworks combo. Two weeks later, the Indians will give away a Jason Kipnis bobblehead.

The Tribe’s best series at the gate in the regular season, though, seems likely to occur from Aug. 3-Aug. 6. Those four days are a business team’s dream — an extended weekend set against the Yankees.

The respective get-in prices on TicketIQ for the Thursday-Sunday series against the Bronx Bombers are $37, $42, $44 and $44. On StubHub, the Yankees tickets start at $38, $35, $33 and $32, respectively.

Aside from the home opener, seven Indians home games have an average list price above $130, according to TicketIQ. The Yankees series accounts for four of the top seven, which breaks down as follows:

1. Friday, Aug. 4, vs. Yankees: $168.21

2. Saturday, Aug. 5, vs. Yankees: $159.06

3. Sunday, Aug. 6, vs. Yankees: $155.89

4. Friday, July 21, vs. Blue Jays: $147.97

5. Saturday, July 22, vs. Blue Jays: $139.99

6. Saturday, July 8, vs. Tigers: $131.50

7. Thursday, Aug. 3, vs. Yankees: $131.07

And maybe the most important number of all: 25 — the days remaining until the start of the regular season.

Until then, we get to watch the Cavs and endlessly discuss the Browns’ search for a quarterback.

(One out of two isn’t bad.)