(t/h TiqIQ for compiling the data)
Beginning Friday, the Baltimore Orioles will make their first appearance in the ALCS since 1997. A year that saw the O’s take first-place honors in the AL East and post their best record (96-66) since their World Series win 31 years ago, the team will now take on the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series. The Royals have also experienced decades of postseason absence, failing to reach the playoffs each year since winning the World Series in 1985. As the two teams ready to square off in the first seven-game series of the postseason, prices for Orioles tickets have increased significantly in Baltimore. The Orioles will host Games 1, 2 and, if necessary, Games 6 and 7 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and each of those four games currently exceeds the $450 average on the secondary ticket market.
According to TiqIQ, the average secondary price for Orioles vs Kansas City Royals tickets over their four home games in the ALCS is $581.11. Such a high price can largely be attributed to Games 6 and 7, however, as those games reach the $600 and $700 price plateaus. Though steep in price, the expensiveness of the final two games of the series won’t diminish the price of each of the first two definitive games that will be held in Baltimore. Game 1 currently has an average price of $531.91 and a get-in price of $155 on the secondary market while Game 2 is slightly cheaper, averaging at $474.97 with a get-in price of $173. If the series heads back to Baltimore for a Game 6, the average price for that game is currently listed at $617.52 and owns a get-in of $199. The anticipation of a possible Game 7 has lifted prices to its most expensive of the series, with the average price for the potential deciding game at $717.69 and get-in price starting at $209.
Back in 1997, the Orioles would ultimately fall to the Indians in six games in the ALCS, only to enter a nearly two-decade long drought until they returned. 2014 marks that year of return, and it has been a good one for Baltimore. The team held first-place honors in the AL East while ousting the Tigers in just three games in the ALDS. Over the regular season, the Orioles had a season average of just $56.21, marking more than a 933% increase in ticket price for all ALCS games in Baltimore. Such a long absence from a deep playoff push has catapulted Orioles tickets into another price stratosphere this season, jumping more than nine times the regular season value as the team is separated from a World Series entrance by just four games.
The Orioles cruised to a three-game sweep of the Tigers in the ALDS and took two of those wins in Games 1 and 2 at home. During those two games, the average price for Orioles tickets was $240.67 on the secondary market, 328% above the team’s regular season average. Such success as they enter the ALCS has propelled ticket prices to reach even higher numbers, with a price increase of 141% between the Divisional and Championship Series. This trend would certainly follow the Orioles into the price of World Series tickets, where home games are already averaging well and above the $1000 price mark for each game in Baltimore.
It comes as no surprise that ticket prices have jumped nearly tenfold from the regular season as the Orioles continue to excel in the postseason. Baltimore has every reason to believe that this is their year to chase the pennant, a title that has eluded the city for more than three decades. As ticket prices continue to rise, so do the team’s hopes of restoring World Series honors in Baltimore.