I'm pretty sure the Royals could cut prices in half and it probably wouldn't increase attendance. Royals games are still relatively cheap by MLB standards. Even Chiefs tickets are generally some of the cheapest in the league, even for playoff games. KC sort of wants to have major league teams at minor league prices. Can't have both.dnweava wrote: ↑Wed May 01, 2019 11:06 amThe royals massively raised ticket prices. It's their own damn fault for falling attendance. They could easily lower ticket prices.GRID wrote: ↑Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:38 amI'm not sure dropping out of the top 30 is a huge problem with KC's existing teams since they are established teams with established fan bases and the regional draw of KC's sports teams is even larger than the CSA. It will likely keep KC from ever getting the NHL or NBA back though. The bigger problem may be the Royals attendance which has been on a very concerning downward trend since they won the world series. I have been a Royals fan my entire life and I have never seen such poor attendance. Not being able to sell out home openers is just crazy (two years in a row just a few years after back to back world series appearances). Even when everybody in the city knew they would lose 100 games, the opener would still draw 42k and be nearly impossible to get tickets to and they would average 18-23k a game. I don't know what happened, but it's like all the bandwagon fans that showed up in 2015 took about half the original fans base with them when they left lol. Attendance is going to really hurt the Royals over the next few years as I don't think anybody at the Royals thought it would drop this far this fast. Plus KC will have stadium issues again soon as the lease gets close to the end. I think losing the Royals could be a real threat in the next 15 years if attendance continues to fall, not because of the KC's falling rank nationally.earthling wrote: ↑Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:57 pmLosing Pro Teams might be the most major impact of no longer being a Top 30 metro but there will probably be many other impacts too, like when services rollout something to the top 30 markets, etc. I'm in the camp that no strong university will continue to be a major factor for comparably slower growth for KC. Though slow growth is fine, being out of the Top 30 could become a long term problem.
On STL metro, not first negative growth, 2016 was as well and 2017 not much. They are having much higher domestic outmigration this decade compared to last...
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Im not a royals fan but i went to at least 1 game every year, until 2015 when they jacked up prices because they could. The dynamic pricing they also added meant the few teams i wanted to see, mostly the stl cardinals, were now premium games that were $40 for the cheapest ticket when i used to go to those games for like $10.
Just looked on stubhub. For this season cheapest tickets are KC @ STL for $9; STL @KC is $35. Literally 4x the cost to watch it in KC....
After market websites have way more inventory of Cards tickets because nearly every game is a sell out, so there are a lot of tickets out there on the market. Royals tickets never sell in the first place, so the few that make it to third party sites will be better tickets overall. For the Royals, it's better to just go directly to Royals.com for cheap seats since very few make it to the streets.
I think the bottom line is that the Royals thought the fans would hang around a bit longer than one or two years after going to the playoffs and they started to spend some money long term, but as soon as attendance started to drop like a rock, they lost in interest in the bigger contracts. Hopefully the new cable deal will help keep them from being worse than they could be.