The NL Central was the major league’s hottest division last year, sending 3 teams to the playoffs and having 3 teams finish with 90 or more wins. Unfortunately, the Cubs weren’t part of that. If the Cubs want to get back to respectability, they’ll have to take care of their division opponents at Wrigley Field in 2014. Thus far, tickets against the NL central average $95 on the resale market, 6% below the regular season home average of Chicago Cubs tickets ($101). Secondary market trackers TiqIQ will break down each series below.
Cubs vs Reds
- Series average: $81
- Cheapest game: April 20th ($54 AVG)
- Most expensive game: June 23rd ($124 AVG)
The two wild card slots were never in any real danger of falling out of the division, it was just a matter of what order they’d fall. In the end, it was the Reds who snagged number 5 for the play-in game. Despite their success, they carry the cheapest ticket of any of the Cubs’ division counterparts. The cheapest of them comes April 20th, in which the first 5,000 kids through the gate will take home a diecast train engine.
Cubs vs Pirates
- Series average: $88
- Cheapest game: April 8th ($40 AVG)
- Most expensive game: June 21st ($136 AVG)
The Pirates clinched their first winning season in 20 years as they exploded for 94 wins in 2013. While the June 21st matchup marks the most expensive game of the series, 10,000 fans can take home an Ernie Banks bobblehead for the Friday afternoon June 20th game, which currently averages $117.
Cubs vs Brewers
- Series average: $90
- Cheapest game: May 16th ($69 AVG)
- Most expensive game: August 14th ($112 AVG)
The Brewers were a team in transition in 2013, dealing with the off field drama of Ryan Braun’s suspension. The team does appear to be rejuvenated this year, but Cubs vs Milwaukee Brewers tickets still come at an 11% discount from the Cubs season average. Thus far, the cheapest game is May16th. It’s best to jump on these tickets early though, as the team just announced this night to include a limited edition Babe Ruth bobblehead.
Cubs vs Cardinals
- Series average: $119
- Cheapest game: May 4th ($91 AVG)
- Most expensive game: July 26th ($155 AVG)
The Cardinals have been the darlings of the NL Central for over a decade now, and a World Series trip in 2013 certainly upped the value of St Louis Cardinals tickets both in Arch City and on the road. They are by far the most expensive road ticket of the division and the most storied division rival of the Cubs. 6 of the 9 games feature a giveaway at the game, including May 2nd (Red Grange Bobblehead), May 3rd (Cubs Fedora), May 4th (Cubs Yo-Yo), July 25th (Jack Brickhouse Bobblehead), July 26th (Ernie Branks replica statue), and July 27th (Cubs Magic Baseball).
Overall, the most expensive game of the season is the Cardinals visit on July 26th with the aforementioned Ernie Banks statue giveaway. Even with the $155 average price, it’s Wrigley’s 3rd most expensive event of the year, behind Billy Joel tickets on July 18th and Blake Shelton on July 19th. The cheapest game of the Cubs season comes April 21st vs Arizona, carrying an average resale price of just $40.