According to credible media outlets and baseball experts, the Chicago Cubs are favored to win it all in 2016. In 2015, the team, made up of young superstars such as 24-year-old Kris Bryant, 26-year-old Anthony Rizzo, and 29-year-old Jake Arrieta, was able to muscle out 97 wins in the regular season. Although the club finished 32 games over .500, they finished the season in third place in the incredibly competitive NL Central. Managing to clinch the 2nd Wild Card spot, the club rolled through the first two rounds of the playoffs before having their dream season cut short by the New York Mets in the NLCS, who swept the Cubbies in four games to advance to the World Series.
Although Cubs GM Jed Hoyer and President of Baseball Operation Theo Epstein could have remained quiet this offseason, they decided to take one of the best rosters in the Majors and improve upon it. The organization added 3x Gold Glove winner Jason Heyward, 2x All-Star utility player Ben Zobrist, and 165 – 127 career starter John Lackey.
The result? A team who on paper, will be unstoppable in 2016. While variables such as injuries and slumps are always unknown, fans aren’t shying away from digging deep into their pockets to see the team play towards a World Series title in 2016, a feat the organization hasn’t accomplished in 109 years.
According to our data, ticket prices for the Chicago Cubs are up almost 30% compared to the same period last year. In 2016, the average price for a ticket to attend a Chicago Cubs home game is $124, which trails only the Texas Rangers ($132) in average home game ticket price, and is $63 higher than the team with the lowest average home game price, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ($61).
The increase in ticket prices is most likely a direct correlation of ticket demand, which to no surprise seems to depend on the team’s performance. In recent years, there has been a steady increase in average attendance at Wrigley Field as the team finishes with a better record each season. According to ESPN, in 2013, the average attendance for a game at the historic stadium was 32,625. The Cubs finished that season with a record of 66 – 96. In 2014, the average attendance increased slightly, with the team finishing with a better record of 73 – 89. However, with a 97 – 65 finish (0.599 winner percentage) in 2015, the average attendance jumped to 36,540, an increase of almost 4,000 people per game. With the addition of talent in 2016, the team is expected to finish the season with an even better record, which would indicate the average attendance per game will be even higher this season.
Although time will tell if the Cubs can live up to their expectations in 2016, fans are making sure they’re at Wrigley in person to cheer on the team as they try to go all the way this MLB season.
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