'Family of four' better bring more

April 02, 1993|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,Staff Writer

Ticket prices for Orioles games were incorrectly reported in yesterday's editions. Club level seats are $18 -- the same as last season -- with an additional $7 club-level fee, the same as last season. Lower box seats have increased from $13 last season to $15 this year.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Because of increases in ticket prices, attending an Orioles game this season is going to cost a family of four almost 25 percent more than last year -- making the team one of the most expensive in baseball.

That is well above the average increase of 4.8 percent for Major League Baseball and makes the Orioles the fifth most-expensive team in the majors, according to an annual review of fan costs released yesterday by Team Marketing Report, a Chicago-based sports marketing newsletter.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

Tickets for Orioles games this year will range $4 for bleacher seats to $25 for club level seats. Last year, tickets ranged $4 to $18. Lower box seats went from $13 last year to $18 this year, upper deck boxes from $10 to $12.

Multiplying the number of seats by their prices, Team Marketing calculates average ticket prices at the stadium will be $11.12, up more than 15 percent from $9.65 last year. That takes the Orioles from having average-priced seats to having some of the most expensive.

Only the Chicago Cubs, White Sox, New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays have more expensive average-seat costs than Baltimore. Several of those teams play in stadiums, like Camden Yards, that have more premium-priced seats than the average stadium, thus driving up the average ticket price.

Baseball's average this year is $9.57, up from $9.41 last year.

Also being increased at Camden Yards: the cost of a cap, from $8 to $15, and beer, from $3 for an 18-ounce cup to $3.25 for a 16-ounce cup.

Hot dogs dropped from $2.75 to $1.75, and parking and programs remain priced the same.

Team Marketing calculates a "fan cost index," or the cost of an average outing for a family of four, including tickets, two beers, two sodas, four hot dogs, two programs, two caps and parking. The index for the Orioles this year is $102.96, up nearly 25 percent from $86.61 last year and compared with $70.36 the year before.

Ballpark figures

Average ticket prices for 1992 and 1993 and the average cost for a family of four (family cost index, FCI) to attend a

major-league game in 1992 and 1993:

.. .. .. .. .. .. 1992.. ..1993... ..1992... ..1993

Team.. .. .. .. ..Tix .. .. Tix.. ....FCI.. .. .FCI

Atlanta.. .. .. .8.40.. .. 9.76.. .. 75.10.. .97.06

Baltimore.. .. ..9.65.. ..11.12.. ...86.61.. 102.96

Boston.. .. .. .11.67.. ..11.67.. ...94.48.. 104.18

California.. .. .8.02.. ...8.02.. .. 79.60.. .84.60

Chicago AL.. ...11.70.. ..11.70.. .. 96.81.. .97.81

Chicago NL.. ...10.87.. ..11.74.. ...96.98.. 103.94

Cincinnati.. ....7.20.. .. 7.95.. .. 72.28.. ..77.31

Cleveland.. .. ..7.70.. ...8.70.. ...74.30.. .87.30

Detroit.. .. ....8.96.. .. 9.42.. ...82.96.. .92.17

Houston.. .. .. .8.26.. .. 8.26.. .. 85.02.. .80.52

Kansas City.. ...9.20.. .. 9.20.. .. 86.29.. .82.29

Los Angeles.. ...9.15.. ...9.15.. .. 86.60.. .88.60

Milwaukee.. .. ..9.27.. ...9.80.. ...87.57.. .91.69

Minnesota.. .. ..8.93.. ...9.16.. ...78.70.. .82.63

Montreal.. .. ...8.67.. ...8.63.. ...91.85.. .86.14

New York NL.. ..10.89.. ..10.89.. ...86.46.. .86.46

New York AL.. ..12.28.. ..13.48.. ..101.61.. 113.43

Oakland.. .. .. 10.04.. ..10.49.. ...92.16.. .99.97

Philadelphia.. ..8.20.. .. 8.20.. ...77.81.. .82.81

Pittsburgh.. .. .9.23.. ...8.80.. .. 81.41.. .87.70

San Diego.. .. ..8.54.. .. 8.70.. ...82.67.. .85.31

San Francisco.. .8.98.. .. 9.31.. ...87.41.. .87.23

Seattle.. .. .. .7.98.. ...7.98.. .. 77.41.. .85.41

Louis.. .. ..9.11... ..9.11.. .. 78.54.. .78.54

Texas.. .. .. ...8.93.. .. 8.83.. ...78.73.. .92.73

Toronto.. .. ...12.90.. ..13.73.. ..112.83.. 116.11

Average.. .. ....9.41.. ...9.57.. .. 85.85.. .90.87

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