Cubs, White Sox ticket prices remain fairly stagnant

CHICAGO -- There are high expectations for baseball in Chicago, as the Cubs and White Sox had busy winters restocking their teams.

But ticket prices are fairly stagnant on both sides of town.

According to Team Marketing Report’s 2015 Major League Baseball Fan Cost Index, which was released Monday, the average Cubs ticket is up 1.5 percent to $44.81, the team’s first increase since 2010, while the average White Sox ticket is $26.05, flat compared to last year.

The Cubs have the third-highest ticket price again, behind only the Boston Red Sox ($52.34) and New York Yankees ($51.55), neither of which raised prices after disappointing seasons. But the Cubs only raised prices in three sections that make up around 20 percent of Wrigley Field, which is undergoing a massive, five-year makeover.

The average White Sox ticket is below the league average of $28.94, which is up 3.3 percent, the biggest increase since 2009.

Team Marketing Report’s survey puts some tickets into a “premium” category. The average Cubs premium ticket, which includes most of the choice infield seats, is $113.48, up a few bucks from last year, while the average White Sox premium ticket is $88.15, also flat from 2014.

TMR uses season-ticket pricing for its survey.

The Fan Cost Index measures the estimated cost for a family of four to attend a game. The formula includes four tickets, two beers, four soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking and two adult-sized hats.

The league average FCI total is $211.68. The Cubs are third highest with an FCI of $300.73, up 1.7 percent, while the White Sox are 17th at $208.18, up 3 percent.

The cheapest beer you can find at Wrigley Field is $7.75 for a 16-ounce pour, and you have to look for them at portable stands sprinkled throughout the park. Vendors sell Goose Island beers for $9 and Bud products for $8.25. At most stands, the cheapest beer you can find is $8.50.

The White Sox reported their cheapest beer option is $6.50, also for a 16-ounce pour.