Cost of Twins Baseball Experience on the Rise

A recent study revealed that the overall cost of attending a Minnesota Twins game is the 10th-most expensive in Major League Baseball, but the price is still well below the cost of other local professional sporting events.

Fans looking to catch a Minnesota Twins game this year at Target Field should be ready to open their checkbooks because the cost to attend a game is on the rise.

According to a survey conducted by sports research and marketing firm Team Marketing Report, the price to take a family of four to a Twins game is $213.16-the 10th-most expensive in Major League Baseball and up 3 percent from last year.

The total price, which Team Marketing Report calls the Fan Cost Index (FCI), includes four adult average-price tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs, and two inexpensive adult-size adjustable caps.

The average FCI among all Major League Baseball teams is $197.35, up 2 percent from 2010. The Boston Red Sox registered the most expensive FCI at $339.01, followed closely by the New York Yankees ($338.32) and the Chicago Cubs ($305.60).

The average price for a ticket to a single Twins game rose 5 percent to $33.04-the sixth-most expensive among the 30 Major League teams. The average ticket price among all teams increased 1.2 percent from last year to $26.91.

Last fall, the Twins announced that the price of many tickets would increase for the 2011 season.

The most expensive seats, the dugout box seats, increased from $69 a game last season to $72 a game this season-representing a $243 increase over the course of an 81-game home schedule.

Home plate box seats, meanwhile, increased from $50 to $53 per game. Diamond box, field box, and left-field bleacher seats each increased $2 per game to $40, $29, and $18, respectively.

The only seats that did not go up in price were outfield mezzanine-level seats. The porch terrace seats remained at $22 per game, and the porch view and grandstand seats dropped $1 to $19 per game.

Despite the increase in ticket prices, Twins fans will likely spend less money than those attending other local professional sporting events. According to Team Marketing Report, Vikings games are the most expensive such events in the Twin Cities, with a FCI of $395.78. The FCI for the Minnesota Wild is close behind at $346.01, followed by the Timberwolves at $221.50.

Last month, Forbes named the Twins the 12th-most valuable team in Major League Baseball (MLB)-an improvement from last year when the team was ranked 16th.