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Luis Rodriguez #15 celebrates with David Eckstein #3 of the San Diego Padres after scoring in the sixth inning against the New York Mets during opening day at Citi Field on April 13, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. This was the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced Shea stadium as the Mets home field.
Price drops on tickets, parking and concession items will have Padres fans cheering for more than the game this season.
With a 29.9% drop in FCI--Fan Cost Index--from last year, it’s a great season to be a Padres’ fan. Both ticket and concession prices will be cut for the 2010 season according to a Team Marketing Report.
The FCI ranking is an annual price index released by TMA--A Wilmette company. The index number measures everything from parking to concessions to ticket costs. In 2010 the Padres rank 29th amongst all MLB teams--in 2009 the Padres were ranked 16th. The Padres index ranking indicates that the 2010 season will be a bargain for fans.
A family of four can enjoy a night at PETCO Park for an average cost of $120.60--the MLB average cost for a family of four is $195.08. The Padres have been cutting ticket prices over the past two years, with a 27% average decrease in 2009 and a 15.4% decrease this year.
Major League Baseball saw a 1.5% FCI overall increase--the smallest increase in FCI, since its 1991 inception--for the 2010 season. Many teams adjusted prices after the overall 6% drop in attendance during the 2009 baseball season. The all-time low increase in overall FCI is a reflection of hard times.
The Padres tickets may be low for now, but these prices are for the 2010 season only. Get ready PETCO Park the crowds might be huge this year.