Kansas City Royals games cost about league average

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An annual study of the cost to attend MLB games has the Kansas City Royals in the middle of the pack.

The Kansas City Royals may have produced less than average results on the field so far in 2018, but as far as what it costs to attend a game at Kauffman Stadium relative to other franchises’ parks, the Royals are about average.

According to the 2018 Team Marketing Report fan cost index, the Royals rank 13th out of MLB’s 30 franchises for most expensive cost. The index is figured upon what TMR projects the cost for a family of four to attend a game. It includes expenses like tickets, transportation, parking, four sodas, four hot dogs, two beers and two souvenir caps.

The figure they arrived at for the Royals this year was $233.30, which is just above the league average of $230.98. That figure ranks the Royals sixth out of the American League’s 15 teams and second-most expensive in the AL Central division. The Minnesota Twins are just above the Royals at $237.72, which ranks them 12th overall and fifth in the AL.

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"The next largest decreases were the Kansas City Royals (-3.9%) and Phillies (-1.6%). In all, fifteen — exactly half of MLB teams — were below the Adjusted Cost of Living rate of 1.5 percent."

Although the Royals are in the top half of MLB as far as cost of attendance goes, the $233.30 figure actually represents nearly a four percent drop in price as compared to 2017. The average ticket price did rise nearly four percent from 2017 to $33.58, which ranks them 11th in MLB and fifth in the AL. The Royals’ concession and merchandise prices are among the lowest in all of baseball, however, which dropped their overall ranking.

For perspective, the Chicago Cubs have the most-expensive cost this year at $368.28, and the Boston Red Sox are the most-expensive franchise in the AL at $345.88. The least-expensive franchise in all of MLB is the Arizona Diamondbacks at $145.58 and the least expensive in the AL is the Tampa Bay Rays at $156.40.

The average overall cost across the league rose 2.4 percent, so the fact that the total cost of attending a Royals game for a family of four dropped four percent ranks the Kansas City Royals among the most cost-efficient teams in MLB.

Now if they could just find a way for them to replicate that efficiency on the diamond, then fans would definitely be flocking out to Kauffman Stadium more frequently.