2017 Spring Training Ticket Sales Rankings

With the 2017 Major League Baseball season about to get underway, we thought it would be a good time to look back at spring training tickets to see which teams were most popular during February and March.

2017 Arizona Cactus League Sales

  1. Chicago Cubs
  2. San Francisco Giants
  3. Los Angeles Dodgers
  4. Arizona Diamondbacks
  5. Colorado Rockies
  6. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  7. Texas Rangers
  8. Chicago White Sox
  9. Seattle Mariners
  10. Cleveland Indians
  11. Oakland Athletics
  12. Cincinnati Reds
  13. Milwaukee Brewers
  14. San Diego Padres
  15. Kansas City Royals

The Chicago Cubs were Arizona’s most popular team – by far. In fact, they led all of baseball. Their fans bought 23 percent more spring training tickets for Sloan Park than the next most-popular team, the San Francisco Giants. Rounding out the top five biggest sellers in Arizona were the Los Angeles Dodgers (who set a spring training attendance record at Camelback Ranch), the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. The Rox had an exceptionally strong demand for spring tickets, a signal of the renewed optimism surrounding the team under new manager Bud Black.

Florida Grapefruit League Sales

  1. Boston Red Sox
  2. New York Yankees
  3. Philadelphia Phillies
  4. Atlanta Braves
  5. Minnesota Twins
  6. Detroit Tigers
  7. New York Mets
  8. Pittsburgh Pirates
  9. Louis Cardinals
  10. Toronto Blue Jays
  11. Baltimore Orioles
  12. Tampa Bay Rays
  13. Miami Marlins
  14. Washington Nationals
  15. Houston Astros

Meanwhile, over in the Grapefruit League the Boston Red Sox were the most popular this spring. They were followed by the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers. Every team except Miami saw an increase in purchases on the secondary market this spring, led by the Astros (who were still last in the resale market) and the Twins, who no doubt benefit from fans trying to escape the frigid winter. As for the Marlins decline, it’s also seen in regular season demand: Their Opening Day average price is one of the lowest in baseball.

2017 Opening Day

On the field, the Cubs were less fortunate and amassed one of the worst spring training records in baseball. All together now: Spring training records don’t mean anything. What matters is what happens starting on Opening Day, and we think the Cubs are set up to do just fine. J