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Dodgers ticket prices still below MLB average despite 15% jump

The Dodgers' average ticket price jumped 15% this season, the highest increase of any National League team, according to the annual fan cost study by Team Marketing Report.

The Kansas City Royals, with a 25% hike, were the only other major league team to raise the price of an average ticket by a double-digit percentage.

However, according to the survey, the Angels ($27.40) have a higher average ticket price than the Dodgers ($25.80). It is unlikely that statement would be true at the end of the season. The Angels adjust ticket prices based on demand; their season-ticket sales have declined sharply and tickets for some games are available for as little as $5.

The survey excludes tickets sold for what teams define as premium seating areas. The Dodgers classify 8.6% of their seats as premium; those seats sell for an average of $254.19. The Angels' premium seats sell for an average of $76.74.

The "Fan Cost Index" -- defined as the cost for four average-priced tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas, two beers, two programs, two caps and parking for one car -- is $217.69 for the Dodgers and $195.60 for the Angels, according to the study.

The World Series champion Boston Red Sox have the highest average ticket price ($52.32) and highest Fan Cost Index ($350.78). The San Diego Padres have the lowest average ticket price ($16.37); the Arizona Diamonbacks have the lowest Fan Cost Index ($126.89).

The average price of a ticket throughout Major League Baseball is $27.93, according to the survey.

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