After making a big splash in the offseason last year, the Toronto Blue Jays spent this offseason staying relatively quiet, hoping their additions from a season ago rebound from a poor season in 2013. The Blue Jays could still add another starting pitcher as the spring approaches, but they hope their current roster will be able to contend in the AL East. Blue Jays spring training tickets have an average price of $40 for games at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin. Toronto could get a hint of how their rosters stacks up in the division as four of their top five priced games of the spring are all against AL East teams.
3/14/14 vs Boston Red Sox | Avg. Price $68.87 | Get-in Price $35
Welcoming in the defending World Series champions brings the highest price, by a significant margin, for both average price and get-in price. No other game exceeds a $60 average or a $30 starting price.
3/22/14 vs Detroit Tigers | Avg. Price $50.65 | Get-in Price $24
The Tigers will be the only non AL East team bringing an above average price to spring training games in Dunedin. The average price drops by a large amount from the Red Sox game to this one. Being on a Saturday afternoon likely keeps this game as one of the highest averages of the spring.
3/26/14 vs New York Yankees | Avg. Price $50 | Get-in Price $27
New York comes in not even $1 behind the Tigers game, but have a higher starting price for the Wednesday day game. The average price for the last game in Dunedin of the spring is 25% above the spring average. The Blue Jays still have two more “home” games after this one, but they will take place in Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
3/12/14 vs Tampa Bay Rays | Avg. Price $47 | Get-in Price $20
As of now, when the Rays come to Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, the game will have the lowest get-in price of Toronto’s top spring games.
3/2/14 vs New York Yankees | Avg. Price $45 | Get-in Price $25
The first game against the Yankees in the spring has a slightly lower average and get-in price than their game on the 26th. The game starts the longest stretch of games the Blue Jays play at Dunedin in a row, at just three, for all of spring training.
Toronto will be using the spring to straighten some players out and hope the splashes they made before the 2013 season will be able to bring success in 2014. Increased production from their major players would be the biggest help for the Blue Jays’ quest to go from worst to first in the American League East.