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A day at Orioles Park a bargain, survey finds

The Baltimore Orioles have the 11th-lowest average ticket price among Major League Baseball’s 30 teams for 2015 and offer the fourth-most affordable overall cost for fans, according to a new survey.

Team Marketing Report said MLB’s average ticket price rose 3.3 percent this season to $28.94, the steepest increase in six years. The Orioles average ticket price is $24.97, the survey reported.

The Boston Red Sox had the highest average at $52.34 after leaving prices the same. The New York Yankees also left their average unchanged at $51.55 after missing the playoffs for the second straight season.

TMR’s Fan Cost Index, which includes four average-price tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking and two adult-size caps, rose 2.5 percent to $211.68. The Red Sox were the high team at $350.86 and Arizona the low at $126.89. Programs were removed from the formula this year, and last year’s fan index was retroactively adjusted.

Baltimore’s Fan Cost Index is $163.39. Only Tampa Bay, San Diego and Arizona are cheaper.

After reaching the playoffs for the first time since 1985, winning the AL pennant and coming within one win of a World Series title, the Kansas City Royals had the largest ticket price increase for the second straight year, a 20.3 percent rise to $29.76. Following consecutive winning seasons, the Royals have increased their average 50 percent.

World Series champion San Francisco increased its average 6.8 percent to $33.78.

The average NFL ticket price was $84.43 last season, according to the survey. The NBA average is $53.98 this season and the NHL average is $62.18.

The average premium ticket is $96.94. The Yankees have the highest average at $305.39 and San Diego the lowest at $41.18.

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