D-backs named most affordable MLB experience for 14th straight year

May 24, 2022, 10:55 AM
Fans walk the concourse before the MLB game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Cincinnati Red...
Fans walk the concourse before the MLB game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Cincinnati Reds at Chase Field on April 09, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

For the 14th season in a row, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chase Field have been named with the most affordable gameday experience in MLB.

Team Marketing Report’s Fan Cost Index (FCI) for 2022 put the D-backs well ahead of the competition as average general ticket prices in the sport have risen $0.94, to $35.93, from last year.

Arizona’s average ticket sits at $22.12, best in the majors.

The annual report of FCI looks at pricing for a family of four to attend a game. It adds beer, soft drinks, a hot dog, souvenir hats and parking to the ticket prices.

The MLB average FCI for 2022 sits at $256.41 and saw a 1.9% jump after there was a 4.5% decline in cost from 2020-21.

Holding the title as most affordable since 2009, the Diamondbacks’ FCI registers this year at $152.30, nearly $34 below the next-most-affordable team, the Miami Marlins.

To compare, the Boston Red Sox have the most expensive FCI at $385.37.

Here is how Team Marketing Report compiles the Fan Cost Index each year.

Since 1991, TMR staff have annually compiled each MLB team’s FCI® for a look at the cost for a family of four to attend a ballgame in person, using the price of four weighted average non-premium tickets combined with the lowest ballpark pricing for four sodas, four hot dogs, two beers and two souvenirs (hats), along with a nearby parking spot.

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