The Cleveland Indians came within one game of clinching their first World Series title in 68 years in 2016. They’ll return to Progressive Field this April looking to capture the magic of last season all over again, with newly-signed slugger Edwin Encarnación adding to the deep pool of talent on the reigning AL champion roster.
With roughly one month remaining before the action begins, there will be no shortage of fans lining up for Opening Day on April 11, as tickets sold out in less than three minutes following the public sale Monday morning. This massive demand has trickled onto the resale market as well, and the Tribe’s Opening Day prices are now at an all-time high. On TicketIQ, a search engine that pools tickets and data from over 90 percent of the resale market, Indians Opening Day tickets are averaging just north of $300. That is the club’s most expensive average for a home opener since at least 2010, when TicketIQ began tracking resale ticket data.
Fans looking just to get past the gates on Ontario Street can find the cheapest available Opening Day tickets listed from $113 each in Standing Room Only areas. The cheapest seats are in Section 577 for $121 each. The most expensive tickets are priced from a cool $1,356 each in Section 136. For the most savings on tickets, the TicketIQ app offers an additional 10 percent on all IQ Certified listings.
This year’s Opening Day prices surpass the 2015 season, which previously served as the Indians’ most expensive home opener since 2010. That year tickets averaged $189 on TicketIQ, marking a 59 percent increase for next month’s game.
While record ticket prices are in effect for Opening Day, Indians fans won’t have it so bad compared to several other fan bases across the league. The Tribe own the fifth most expensive Opening Day tickets this season, trailing the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs by a considerable margin. The World Champion Cubbies are setting the highest Opening Day price points ever recorded by TicketIQ at a $401 average and $118 get-in price.
The Indians have unfinished business in 2017. With the addition of free agency’s hottest hitter in Encarnación and the return of arguably the best rotation in baseball, a winning formula exists to lay claim to an elusive third World Series title. For fans joining the action from the very start, history is already being made on the resale ticket market.