Those who know me know I’m a bit data obsessive once I get behind an idea. My history of uniform numbers is one thing which has gotten me some notice. However, I’m back with another one. It’s about pricing of seats at the now “old” Ballpark in Arlington.
Earlier this season, when talking about the new ballpark in the Facebook group I’m in, folks snarked in with “Everything will be going up” in price, with the implication that if we didn’t have a new park, prices wouldn’t be going up. That always rubbed me the wrong way. New ballparks are not an absolute guarantee that prices would be going up. Now I’m no fool, prices go up all the time, and they likely would, but the implication that if we stayed where we were prices wouldn’t have gone up always bugged me. However, that thought led me to wonder…. How often did prices go up in our current park? I always know a few core facts. When the place opened in 1994, a seat down the front row was $16, and in the last year of the park, the price of a seat in the last row behind home plate was around $26 (more on “around” later). So prices went up for sure – but the path and frequency they took to get there was lost to me.
I then realized that I had the material at my disposal to find out. I undertook an obscene level of research on the pricing in the ballpark, and produced a spreadsheet that will show you the price of a ticket in any year of the park in any section. It’s a ridiculous amount of research – it took me most of the year to complete it. I had access to some old documents that I had saved from the 90’s, I had access to all the media guides, and a handful of sales pricing sheets. So I started in on the spreadsheet. It quickly turned out to be a monster of a project, and I had to start over from scratch once when I realized my initial idea for getting the info out was unworkable.
So that’s what this is. A summary of my research into the prices of the ballpark. Given the massive amount of info on here, I made it a publicly viewable spreadsheet. I will point out a few of the highlights in this article, but leave it up to you to view the raw data for specific sections.. [Read more…]