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Cardinals the sixth-most expensive in baseball for families

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Flags raised, Cardinals ready for season opener

World Championship flags are raised at Busch Stadium on Thursday, April 2, 2015 as workers and the St. Louis Cardinals get ready for their home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers April 13. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com

CHICAGO • Major League Baseball's average ticket price rose 3.3 percent for the 2015 season to $28.94, the steepest increase in six years.

Team Marketing Report said in its annual survey Monday the average is up 4.4 percent since 2013 after remaining flat in 2012.

Boston 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.

The St. Louis Cardinals 'average ticket price was $34.20, up 1.1 percent.

The Chicago Cubs, who renovated Wrigley Field and their roster, raised their average for the first time since 2010, a 1.5 percent increase to $44.81. The Cubs are coming off a last-place finish and fifth straight losing season.

The Dodgers' average rose 10.9 percent to $28.61 as Los Angeles hiked its opening-day payroll to a record $270 million, boosting the team's two-year increase to 27.9 percent.

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 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.

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.

The Cardinals' Fan Cost Index was $236.81, the sixth-highest in baseball, and a 3.5 percent increase over 2014. Cardinals fan are paying above-average prices for soft drinks and parking, according to the survey.

The average premium ticket is $96.94. The Yankees have the highest average at $305.39 and San Diego the lowest at $41.18. The Cardinals' average premium ticket is $83.55. 

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