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Reds Opening Day Ticket Prices Soar Far Beyond the Rest in the N.L. Central

Published Mar 17, 2013 / by Steve Calhoun

Two teams from the NL Central made the postseason in 2012, as the Reds claimed the division title and the Cardinals grabbed a Wildcard spot. Both teams went on to fall at the hands of the now World Series Champions, with the Reds being dismissed first in the NLDS, followed by the Cardinals in a 7 game battle for the NLCS. But even though the Reds failed to advance in the postseason, they still won the NL Central by an impressive 9 games in 2012, and fans have not forgot. Need evidence? Just check out the opening day ticket price analysis below. The Reds are averaging an incredible $253 per ticket to be on hand at Great American Ballpark for the home opener. Cheapest tickets in the house are going for $118 currently, which is an astounding 42% higher than the second most expensive get-in price for the division.

NL Central Average Opening Day Ticket Prices

Reds Opening Day Tickets at Great American Ballpark

  • Who: Angels at Reds
  • When: Monday, April 1, 2013
  • How Much: Starting at $118

The defending NL Central champs open the season at home with an interleague matchup against the high powered offense of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Reds Opening Day Tickets are averaging a whopping $250, a figure which is more than 30% higher than the next most expensive average opening day ticket price in the division. Just getting in the door will currently set fans back $118 for the cheapest ticket available, proving that the city is excited for the teams prospects following a 2012 season which ended with the 2nd best record in the National League. Hosting a visiting lineup that includes the likes of Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, and Mike Trout is also sure to drive prices higher for this opening day contest.

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Cardinals Opening Day Tickets at Busch Stadium

  • Who: Reds at Cardinals
  • When: Monday, April 8, 2013
  • How Much: Starting at $83

Reaching the postseason in 3 of the last 4 years, the Cardinals have established a solid presence in the NL Central and fans in St. Louis are expecting another strong showing in 2013. A second place finish in the division standings last year leads to a second place position in our division ticket price analysis here, as Cardinals Opening Day Tickets are averaging $193. The home opener will feature a highly competitive matchup against the defending NL Central Champion Reds, and fans attending the game will also receive a magnetic schedule.

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Cubs Opening Day Tickets at Wrigley Field

  • Who: Brewers at Cubs
  • When: Monday, April 8, 2013
  • How Much: Starting at $41

Another division matchup takes the stage for an NL Central home opener as the Cubs welcome the Brewers to Wrigley Field on April 8th. Despite a 2012 season in which the Cubs finished with the second worst record in all of Major League Baseball, Cubs Opening Day Tickets are still averaging more than $125, claiming the third spot in our analysis of home opening ticket prices in the NL Central. Hopes for a division title on the North Side of Chicago remain low, but with the allure of iconic Wrigley Field, a free magnetic schedule promotion, and neighboring Milwaukee drawing a strong visiting crowd, opening day demand and prices continue to outperform 2013 performance expectations.

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Pirates Opening Day Tickets at PNC Park

  • Who: Cubs at Pirates
  • When: Monday, April 1, 2013
  • How Much: Starting at $48

In 2012, the Pirates fell 2 wins shy of finishing the season with a .500 winning percent, a record that organization has failed to reach since 1992. With a young team and good prospects, experts are optimistic regarding the future of the Pirates, and fans are generally agreeing as Opening Day Tickets for the Pirates are averaging $100. Fans will get to take home a magnetic schedule to remember their trip to PNC Park and track the Pirates over the course of the 2013 season.

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Brewers Opening Day Tickets at Miller Park

  • Who: Rockies at Brewers
  • When: Monday, April 1, 2013
  • How Much: Starting at $56

With an average ticket price of $93, the Milwaukee Brewers hold the bottom slot in our NL Central opening day analysis, and are the only team in the division with an average ticket price less than $100. Brewers Opening Day Tickets are the least expensive on average, yet the cheapest ticket is more expensive than the cheapest ticket to both the Pirates and Cubs home openers. Why the lowest average price but not the lowest get-in price? Miller Park was built to provide parity across the majority of its seating sections, and does not feature many extravagantly priced seats to boost up its average ticket price. Fans attending the opener will receive a Brewers magnetic schedule.

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