The season doesn't start for nearly a week, but Tigers fans scouring the Internet for tickets to Comerica Park already are finding an unwelcome surprise: sky-high ticket prices.

Home ticket prices average $111 on the secondary, or resale market, such as StubHub.com, according to New York-based ticket data company TiqIQ.

The average at this time last year was about $66. That was 20th highest in baseball and fourth highest among American League Central teams.

This season, only Boston Red Sox tickets, at approximately $118 a pop, cost more than Tiger tickets.

And we're not talking Opening Day here — that's a whole other ball game. Tickets for the April 5 home opener against the New York Yankees average nearly $203, in line with last year's home opener, but still nearly 400 percent higher than the average ticket price set by the team.

Among AL teams, the average secondary ticket price average is about $84 for the upcoming season, up from about $81 at this time last year.

The MLB average is approximately $80 this year, up from $75.

The Toronto Blue Jays ($101) and Yankees ($100) are the only other major league teams whose tickets on the resale market are in triple digits.

The Tigers organization has little to do with secondary market ticket prices, other than the fact that the team has played in two World Series in the past seven years and this off-season re-signed starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez and added a big name in Torii Hunter.

"Coming off a World Series appearance, that drives ticket prices up," said Chris Matcovich, vice president of data and communications at TiqIQ. "Based on how the team plays, prices will go down between 10 and 30 percent throughout the season. And as the games get closer, the prices will go down."



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130326/BIZ/303260327#ixzz2OeQan298