It’s cheaper to watch the Astros lose this year

By Mark Yost
The Houston Business Journal

How much does it cost to see the Astros? Thankfully, less than last year.
Minute MaidAccording to the Fan Cost Index, put out every year by Team Marketing Report of Chicago, this year it will cost the average family of four $215.90 to go to a game at Minute Maid Park. That’s down from last year’s price of $224.33. The Astros are the 13th most expensive franchise this year, according to TMR, down from 10th last year.
The average Major League Baseball ticket increased by just 2 percent this year, according to TMR, while the Fan Cost Index rose 2.6 percent.
The FCI is created by combining four non-premium season tickets, two beers, four soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking, two programs or scorecards, and two adult-size hats.
The average price for an Astros ticket in 2014 is $27.98, down 13.6 percent from a year ago.
The cheapest place to watch a baseball game is Chase Field in Phoenix, where the Arizona Diamondbacks play, with an FCI of $126.89. The most expensive is Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, where it’ll cost a family of four $350.78.
The Astros added several new food and drink choices this year, including the Texas Smoke House (Section 124) and the Stockyard Bar (Section 156) that features Bayou City craft brews.
The Astros had the worst record in baseball last season, winning just 51 of their 162 games, but are considered one of the most profitable teams because of their low payroll.
Despite that record, local businessman Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale is running a promotion that will offer Gallery Furniture customers who spend $6,300 or more a chance to win back 100 percent of their furniture purchase price. All the Astros have to do is win 63 games in the regular season. Last year, the Astros won 51 games.
As of April 7, the Astros 2014 record was 3-3, good enough for second place in the American League West.

About Mark Yost
Mark Yost is the author of the Rick Crane Noir series, published by Stay Thirsty Press. Rick Crane is the classic, anti-hero private eye in the spirit of Sam Spade and Jim Rockford. He works in the unmistakably noirish underworld of Upstate New York, running errands and fixing problems for Jimmy Ricchiati Sr., one of Upstate New York's most notorious crime bosses. But readers quickly learn that deep down, Rick Crane is one of the good guys. "Cooper's Daughter," the first book in the widely acclaimed series, is a fast-moving tale in which a heartbroken father comes to Rick and asks him to find out what really happened to his daughter, who was murdered and the details buried in the Unsolved Crimes File of the local police department. The second book in the series is "Jimmy's Nephew," which begins with the death of Joey "Boom Boom" Bonadeo, an up-and-coming boxer and the nephew of Rick's underworld boss. What starts out as a routine investigation turns into a case that will test Rick's faith -- in the Catholic Church and his fellow man. Book No. 3 in the series, "Mary's Fate" is due out in August 2015. Mark Yost also writes for The Wall Street Journal Arts in Review page, as well as the Book Review section. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America -- Midwest Chapter, International Thriller Writers, and a number of other author groups. He is also a member of the Amazon Author's Program. Mark lives in the Loyola neighborhood of Chicago, but he and his son, George, call the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn "home."

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