othing says spring quite like MLB Opening Day.
For the first time, this year the initial day of the season will have a trio of games, highlighted by the World Series rematch between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets.
That Royals-Mets game is the hottest ticket across all the Opening Day games this year, with an average resale price of $365. The other two games on the initial day of the season, St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays, have average resale prices of $141 and $111 respectively.
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Monday, April 4, will be the more typical Opening Day, with 11 teams holding their home openers. The biggest game of this group is the Minnesota Twins at Baltimore Orioles, which is reselling for an average of $208.
The Miami Marlins will host their opener the following day, hosting the Detroit Tigers. This game has an average resale price of $111. Also on Tuesday the 5th is the Royals World Series ring ceremony, which is not quite the hot ticket opening night is, but it does have an average resale price of $94.
MLB Opening Day Average Resale Price (4/5)
|Matchup||Avg. Resale Cost|
|Mariners at Rangers||$175|
|Phillies at Reds||$152|
|Astros at Yankees||$136|
|Red Sox at Indians||$115|
|Cubs at Angels||$114|
|Dodgers at Padres||$108|
|Rockies at Diamondbacks||$98|
|White Sox at Athletics||$96|
|Giants at Brewers||$94|
|Nationals at Braves||$69|
The second half of the league will have their home openers a few days later, beginning on April 7 when both the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals host their home openers.
The Giants open up against the Dodgers, in what is actually the second hottest home opener this season, with an average resale price of $218. The Nationals host the Marlins, with an average resale price of $128.
The following day another six teams will host their home openers, with the biggest game looking like the Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets, which has an average resale price of $212.
MLB Opening Day Average Resale Price (4/8)
|Matchup||Avg. Resale Cost|
|Yankees at Tigers||$204|
|Padres at Rockies||$129|
|Red Sox at Blue Jays||$101|
|Athletics at Mariners||$90|
|Indians at White Sox||$89|
Three days later, on April 11, six more teams will host their home openers. Both the Brewers at Cardinals and the Orioles at Red Sox games have average resale prices of $175, the hottest games of the day. The Chicago Cubs also open up, hosting the Cincinnati Reds for an average resale price of $149. Also opening that day are the Houston Astros (vs. Royals for $87 average), the Philadelphia Phillies (vs. Padres for $84 average), and the Minnesota Twins (vs. White Sox for $67 average).
Finally, on April 12, the last team will host its home opener, as the Dodgers will play host to the Diamondbacks. This matchup has an average resale price of $154.
While Opening Day is always an exciting time of year, this season’s trio of games to start the season, including a World Series rematch, are sure to draw the attention of sports fans across the country.