With Most Wins In Baseball, San Francisco Giants Tickets Up 7% Since Start Of Season
(TiqIQ/CBS) – The San Francisco Giants have been one of the most successful teams in Major League Baseball over the last several seasons. Led by a brilliant stable of young pitching, the Giants have won two World Series since 2010. But those seasons have been coupled with seasons the Giants haven’t even made the postseason.
Last season was an especially poor showing with the Giants finishing the year with one of the worst records in the league at 76-86 (their worst season since 2008). They never truly factored into the playoff race, and the Los Angeles Dodgers won the division by the largest margin in baseball, despite having the worst record for a division winner. To the Giants fans credit, they didn’t stop coming to AT&T Park. The Giants finished third in the National League in attendance, only a small drop from their second place finish the previous two seasons.
This season the Giants have returned to their winning ways. They have the most wins in the majors with 27, and are only behind the Detroit Tigers for the league’s best winning percentage, and their run differential of +29 is only behind the Colorado Rockies in the National League.
According to TiqIQ, the improved play has also led to an increase in ticket prices on the secondary market. San Francisco Giants tickets started the season with an average price of $97.23. Now the average price of tickets at AT&T Park for the remainder of the season have an average price of $104.08, a seven percent increase. That’s a pretty large price increase considering the season is less than two months old.
Secondary market prices are also up over the disappointing season last year. The average price for home games across the 2013 season was just $90.83, 12.7 percent below this season’s average.
Once again, strong pitching and defense has led to the strong start this season. San Francisco is fourth in the league in total ERA, and eighth in defensive runs saved. Even their offense has been surprisingly productive so far this season. Despite a team average and OBP in the bottom half of the league, the team is tenth in runs scored thanks to clobbering 50 home runs, the third highest figure in the league. If production like this continues all season, the prices of Giants tickets could continue through the summer months as the team tries to capture its third NL West title in the past five seasons.
The Giants are in one of the biggest baseball markets in the country. They’re always going to be able to draw a crowd at the ballpark, especially with the recent success they’ve had. Now that the Giants are performing like one of the best teams in the league, it’s no surprise to see prices climbing towards the top as well.
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