4/7 Premium seating

Team Marketing Report’s exclusive Fan Cost Index, which is the total price for a family of four to attend a game, ranks the Red Sox first in the Majors at $334.78, $5 more than the Cubs and $18 more than the New York Yankees.

But the Cubs have the most expensive ticket in MLB, with an average price of $52.56, passing the Red Sox ($52.32). The Cubs had the second-highest increase of 10.1 percent, according to TMR. The Cubs divide their tickets into four pricing levels. This season, they have 26 games in the most expensive tier and 30 in the second-most expensive. In 2009, the team had 14 games in its top category and 34 in the second.

The Cubs do have the lowest percentage of seating classified as premium at 1 percent, according to TMR. This doesn’t include the auction seats, sold on a season or game-by-game basis. The Cubs also added the PNC Club of Chicago this year, located on the mezzanine level.

The cheapest average MLB ticket can be found in Arizona. The Diamondbacks have that distinction for the fourth straight season at $14.31.

— Carrie Muskat

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