StubHub’s 2022 MLB Preview: Braves are the Most In-Demand Team for the First Time; Red Sox-Yankees Opening Day Matchup is Season’s Hottest-Selling Game

StubHub, the world’s most trusted ticket marketplace and Official Partner of Major League Baseball (MLB), has announced the return of its annual MLB Preview, highlighting the most in-demand teams and anticipated matchups of the year.

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Braves Edge Out Yankees to Take Top Spot

Heading into a new MLB season, the Atlanta Braves are StubHub’s most in-demand team for the first time following their 2021 World Series win. The Braves are seeing nearly 10% more ticket sales than StubHub’s previously highest-ranking team the New York Yankees, who claimed the #1 spot on the list from 2018-2020 and now land at #2. The Boston Red Sox round out the top three teams, heading into a new season with a stacked roster including shortstop free agent Trevor Story. 

 

Major Moves

Taking a look at how this year’s list compares to StubHub’s ranking of the top MLB teams before the start of the 2020 season, the San Francisco Giants jumped five spots to land at #4 ahead of their rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, who rank at #8. The St. Louis Cardinals rose one spot from their ranking in 2020 to #5, as fans hope for the team’s fourth consecutive appearance in the playoffs. For the first time, the San Diego Padres have entered StubHub’s list at #10 with an up-and-coming roster of players, while the West Coast is making a strong showing overall with three California teams in the top 10. 

“Fans are eager for the return of baseball season, especially those in Atlanta celebrating the Braves’ first World Series win since 1995. Entering StubHub’s ranking of the top-selling MLB teams for the first time, the Braves are the most in-demand franchise going into the season and have dethroned the Yankees, who have traditionally held the #1 spot,” said Adam Budelli, spokesperson at StubHub.

 

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“The Red Sox-Yankees matchup on April 7 is the best-selling Opening Day game on StubHub. Looking ahead to the rest of the season, the Marlins face the Mets on July 9 in our #1 most in-demand MLB game of the year, excluding season openers,” said Budelli. “The Mets, Giants and Braves dominate StubHub’s ranking of the highest-selling games, with each team playing in two of our top 10 games.”

 

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RED SOX vs. YANKEES SELL BIG

April 7th’s matchup between the Red Sox and Yankees is the season’s most in-demand Opening Day game. These iconic teams are also the year’s hottest-selling rivals in baseball, based on StubHub’s comparison of ticket sales for matchups between MLB franchises that have legacies of rivalries. Games between the Red Sox and Yankees are seeing nearly 400% more ticket sales than those between StubHub’s second best-selling rivals, the LA Dodgers and SF Giants. The Cleveland Guardians and Cincinnati Reds rank as the third most in-demand rivals of the season. 

“A big trend we’re seeing this season is the rebirth of classic baseball rivalries after many legacy rival teams faced each other in last year’s playoffs. The Yankees and Red Sox are our hottest-selling rivals, with matchups between the storied teams making up nearly a tenth of our MLB ticket sales this season,” said Budelli. “The Dodgers and Giants are also heating up as our #2 highest-selling rivalry. Across both coasts, ticket buyers from California and New York account for nearly a third of all baseball sales in the U.S. on StubHub.” 

 

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ATLANTA

  • Following their 2021 World Series win, the Braves take the top spot as the most in-demand MLB team of the season, based on StubHub ticket sales.
    • The Braves outsell the #2 New York Yankees by nearly 10% in ticket sales, knocking the previously #1 team from 2018-2020 to the #2 spot.
  • The Braves play in two of StubHub’s Top 10 In-Demand Games of the season (vs. the Miami Marlins on April 22 and the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 25.) 

 

Top 3 Atlanta Braves Games:

The Braves’ home opening weekend against the Cincinnati Reds rank as the team’s most in-demand games of the overall season.

  1. Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves Opening Day on April 7 ($229)
  2. Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves on April 9 ($107)
  3. Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves on April 8 ($76)

 

NEW YORK 

  • Demand is high for New York baseball: the Yankees rank at #2 in StubHub’s list of the Top 10 In-Demand MLB Teams. Entering their first season with pitcher Max Scherzer, the Mets claim the #5 spot on StubHub’s list.
  • The Mets play the Marlins in StubHub’s most in-demand game of the season (excluding season openers), while the Yankees earned the #1 hottest-selling Opening Day game (vs the Red Sox on April 7.) 
  • The Mets have the #5-most committed fanbase of any MLB team: nearly a third (28%) of Mets fans have purchased tickets to multiple games over the past five years on StubHub.  
  • The state of New York has the second-highest amount of MLB ticket sales this season, accounting for 12% of total sales.
    • Together, New York and California account for nearly a third (29%) of all MLB ticket sales.  

 

Top 3 NY Mets Home Games:

  1. Arizona Diamondbacks at NY Mets (Home Opener) on April 15 ($165)
  2. Miami Marlins at NY Mets on July 9 ($125)
  3. Colorado Rockies at NY Mets on August 27 ($115)

 

Top 3 NY Yankees Homes games: 

  1. Boston Red Sox at NY Yankees (Opening Day) on April 7 ($221)
  2. Toronto Blue Jays at NY Yankees (Paul O'Neill Jersey Retirement) on August 21 ($102)
  3. Boston Red Sox at NY Yankees on April 9 ($117)

 

LOS ANGELES

  • Entering the 2022 season with an all-star roster including former Braves MVP and first baseman Freddie Freeman, the Dodgers rank #8 in StubHub’s list of the Top 10 teams. 
  • The Dodgers boast the #1 most committed fanbase of any MLB franchise, based on StubHub’s ranking of teams with the highest percentage of fans buying tickets to more than one game in the past five years (31% of Dodgers fans have purchased tickets to multiple games.)  
  • StubHub is seeing more MLB ticket sales from California than any other state (CA accounts for 17% of all sales in the U.S. this season.) 

 

Top 3 LA Dodgers Home Games:

The Dodgers’ home opening weekend against the Cincinnati Reds rank as the team’s most in-demand games heading into the season.

  1. Cincinnati Reds at LA Dodgers on April 14 ($315)
  2. Cincinnati Reds at LA Dodgers on April 15 ($114)
  3. Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles Dodgers on April 16 ($114)

 

Top 3 LA Angels Home Games:

  1. Houston Astros at LA Angels (Opening Day) on April 7 ($107)
  2. LA Dodgers at LA Angels on July 16 ($156)
  3. LA Dodgers at LA Angels on July 15 ($136)

 

BOSTON

  • Heading into the 2022 season with new additions, including shortstop Trevor Story and pitcher Jake Diekman, the Red Sox claim the #3 spot on StubHub’s ranking of the Top 10 In-Demand teams. 
  • The April 7th matchup between the Red Sox and Yankees is the highest-selling Opening Day game of the season on StubHub, with an average ticket price of $221.
  • The Red Sox and Yankees are StubHub’s most in-demand MLB rivals of the season, seeing nearly 400% more ticket sales than the #2 best-selling rivalry, Dodgers-Giants.

 

Top 3 Red Sox Home Games:

  1. Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox Opening Day on April 15 ($115)
  2. NY Yankees at Boston Red Sox on July 9 ($249)
  3. St. Louis Cardinals at Boston Red Sox on June 17 ($138)

 

SAN FRANCISCO

  • Following the best regular season in the team’s history, the Giants are the #4 in-demand MLB team on StubHub, jumping five spots from their #9 ranking in 2020.
  • The Giants play in two of StubHub’s Top 10 In-Demand Games of the overall season (vs. the Chicago Cubs on July 3 and St. Louis Cardinals on May 7.) 
  • The Giants and Dodgers claim the second-highest selling rivalry on StubHub this season, just behind Red Sox-Yankees.
  • The Giants have the second-most committed fanbase of any MLB team, closely following the #1 Dodgers: 29% of Giants fans on StubHub have purchased tickets to multiple games over the past five years. 

 

Top 3 Giants Home Games: 

  1. St. Louis Cardinals at SF Giants on May 7 ($164)
  2. Miami Marlins at SF Giants Opening Day on April 8 ($265)
  3. Chicago Cubs at SF Giants on July 30 ($161)

 

Top 3 A’s Home Games:

  1. Boston Red Sox at Oakland Athletics on June 4 ($123)
  2. Baltimore Orioles at Oakland Athletics Opening Day on April 18 ($49)
  3. LA Angels at Oakland Athletics on May 14 ($74)

 

CHICAGO

  • The Cubs earned the #7 spot on StubHub’s list of the Top 10 teams, entering the season with a new roster including Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki. 
  • The Cubs-White Sox rivalry remains strong, ranking as the #4 most in-demand MLB rivalry on StubHub heading into the season.
  • Illinois is seeing the third-highest amount of MLB ticket sales of any state, accounting for 8% for total sales in the U.S. on StubHub.

 

Top 3 Cubs Home Games:

  1. Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs Opening Day on April 7 ($71)
  2. LA Dodgers at Chicago Cubs on May 7 ($119)
  3. St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs on June 4 ($178)

 

Top 3 White Sox Home Games:

  1. Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox on May 29 ($159)
  2. Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox on May 28 ($164)
  3. Seattle Mariners at Chicago White Sox Opening Day on April 12 ($146)

 

*Rankings based on StubHub ticket sales as of 3/14 for 2022 MLB games.

Disclaimer: Ticket sales on StubHub for the 2022 MLB season were compared to sales ahead of the start of the 2020 MLB season and earlier. StubHub did not compare 2022 sales to ticket sales ahead of the 2021 season, as not all MLB teams played games with full-capacity stadiums to start the season.

 

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