Taking a look at what Major League Soccer teams charge for tickets

Cheapest season tickets $108 more than FC Cincy's

CINCINNATI -- FC Cincinnati President and General Manager Jeff Berding told fans at a town hall meeting in June that if the club moves up to first-division Major League Soccer, affordability would still be a priority in regard to ticket prices.

Cincinnati, while preparing for its third United Soccer League season, is among 12 cities competing for four remaining spots in MLS expansion plans to grow to 28 teams. Some question whether the Queen City would still support a team at MLS ticket prices.

While Berding confirmed prices would rise to more closely match other MLS markets, FC Cincinnati also recognizes part of its success at the USL level stems from families being able to attend games without breaking their budgets.

The average ticket price for an FC Cincinnati game this past season was $19, and Berding estimated that would rise to about $25-26 at the MLS level.

“Prices would go up, but the key value is the lowest ticket prices available for working families, etc., and that won’t change,” Berding said at that town hall meeting.

Below is a look at ticket prices around MLS, compared to FC Cincinnati’s prices, for 2018, as the club awaits the announcement of the first two expansion clubs, expected after the MLS Board of Governors' meeting Dec. 14.

Single-game prices are not yet available for MLS clubs, so ticket prices listed are based off season pass price per game for 17 matches, unless the club noted the inclusion of a friendly. Most clubs offer a 20-40 percent savings to season pass holders versus single-game buyers, so individual game prices are likely higher than what is listed. Minimum ticket prices currently range from as low as $10 to $47.20, but most clubs start out around $20-25.

Additionally, stadium layouts vary and all teams have different price structures, but the supporters group sections are the one constant around the league, so those figures are easiest to compare. Colorado offers the lowest price at $272 for the season, while Atlanta United’s supporters section is the most expensive at $468 for new members.

Secondary market price listed is from 2015, according to an article on Forbes.com, which sited TicketIQ.com as its source
 
FC CINCINNATI

Supporters group season tickets (The Bailey): $170

Single-game tickets: $10-60

Secondary market average price: N/A

VS. MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER CLUBS

ATLANTA UNITED FC

Supporters group season tickets: $468

Single-game tickets: $20-$225

Secondary market average price: N/A

CHICAGO FIRE

Supporters group season tickets: $326

Single-game tickets: $18.20-$94.70

Secondary market average price: $34

COLORADO RAPIDS

Supporters group season tickets: $272

Single-game tickets: $20-$95 (youth tickets available for $22-$40 in certain mid-level sections)

Secondary market average price: $77.83

COLUMBUS CREW SC

Supporters group season tickets: $342

Single-game tickets: $20-180

Secondary market average price: $51.05

D.C. UNITED

Supporters group season tickets: $340

Single-game tickets: $20-50 in advance, $25-75 day of game (does not include Club or MVP Field seats)

Secondary market average price: $46

FC DALLAS

Supporters group season tickets: $360

Single-game tickets: $10-$55.50 (base price is $20, but there is a supersaver option for some of the less desirable areas of the stadium)

Secondary market average price: $46

HOUSTON DYNAMO

Supporters group season tickets: $310

Single-game tickets: $18.20-$206

Secondary market average price: $94.74

L.A. GALAXY

Supporters group season tickets: $399

Single-game tickets: $19-$77.68

Secondary market average price: $69.77

MINNESOTA UNITED FC

Supporters group season tickets: $340

Single-game tickets: $20-$191.47

Secondary market average price: N/A

MONTREAL IMPACT

Supporters group season tickets: $325

Single-game tickets: $24.65-$89.35 (options for children begin at $16.41)

Secondary market average price: $58.50

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

Supporters group season tickets: $363

Single-game tickets: $18.53-$77.65

Secondary market average price: $62.04

NEW YORK CITY FC

Supporters group season tickets: $391

Single-game tickets: $23-$475

Secondary market average price: $87.21

NEW YORK RED BULLS

Supporters group season tickets: $384

Single-game tickets: $20.59-$201.88

Secondary market average price: $70.36

ORLANDO CITY SC

Supporters group season tickets: $400

Single-game tickets: $23.50-$60

Secondary market average price: $71.88

PHILADELPHIA UNION

Supporters group season tickets: $419

Single-game tickets: $20.75-$287.25

Secondary market average price: $49

PORTLAND TIMBERS

Supporters group season tickets: $455

Single-game tickets: $22.50-$492.50

Secondary market average price: $87.50

REAL SALT LAKE

Supporters group season tickets: $280

Single-game tickets: $16.47-$500

Secondary market average price: $54.27

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

Supporters group season tickets: $400

Single-game tickets: $20-$125

Secondary market average price: $85.72

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC

Supporters group season tickets: $447

Single-game tickets: $23.50-$76

Secondary market average price: $129.46

SPORTING KANSAS CITY

Supporters group season tickets: $440

Single-game tickets: $25.88-$58.82 (doesn’t include club seats)

Secondary market average price: $66.29

TORONTO FC

Supporters group season tickets: $435

Single-game tickets: $42.70-$114.59 (for all non-supporters section seats)

Secondary market average price: $81.32

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC

Supporters group season tickets: $418

Single-game tickets: $31.06-$68.47 (for all non-supporters section seats)

Secondary market average price: $52.60

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