Reporting Edgar Linares
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The cost to go to a Minnesota Twins game ranks among the priciest in the nation.
The Twins are No. 6 in the nation for priciest ticket, according to a Team Marketing Report. The survey, conducted by a sports marketing firm in Chicago, finds the average price for a non-premium seat at Target Field is $33.04.
Minnesota Twins spokesman Kevin Smith said there are a number of factors that went into the pricing.
“Absolutely, we have a new stadium, which we are in charge of maintaining now (and) a payroll of over $100 million,” said Smith. “We just thought that ticket pricing was the best we could do.”
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In 2010, the Team Marketing Report showed the average price for a Twins non-premium seat was $31.47.
“We absolutely appreciate our fans and we understand that it might be a little bit pricey for some,” said Smith. “But on the other hand we do have tickets available at Target Field for $10, $11 and $12.”
The only clubs with higher ticket prices are the Red Sox (at $53.38), Yankees (at $51.83), Cubs (at $46.90), White Sox (at $40.67) and Phillies (at $36.29).
The survey also showed the Pittsburgh Pirates have the lowest price per ticket at $15.30.
The annual report shows the average ticket price for a MLB fan is $26.91 — that’s up 1.2 percent from 2010.