The 2016 American League Championship Series about to get underway. The Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays stormed past the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers in their respective first-round series, each winning three straight games to punch their tickets for the ALCS.
And for fans looking for 2016 ALCS tickets on the secondary market, the Indians and Blue Jays are posting near-identical resale prices at Progressive Field and Rogers Centre.
On TicketIQ, the average resale price for Indians ALCS tickets at Progressive Field is $381.75. The Indians will host four possible games in Cleveland, and a potential Game 6 next Friday would be the cheapest to attend. Tickets to that game are averaging $365.02 and the get-in price is now $152.
The series will shift to Toronto for three possible games between Monday and Wednesday. As it stands now the average price forBlue Jays ALCS tickets is $392.21, making Toronto-based games just 2.7% more expensive on average. The cheapest ALCS game at Rogers Centre will be Game 3 on Monday, where tickets own a secondary market average of $349.10. However, fans can find the cheapest seat for Game 4 the following night at $135.
In terms of historical prices for the LCS since 2010, when TicketIQ began tracking resale ticket data, this year's ALCS falls right in the middle of top-priced Championship Series. The Blue Jays own the 14th most expensive average price in that time while the Indians trail right behind as the 15th priciest ALCS team in the last seven Major League Baseball seasons. Neither team will come close to touching the 2016 Cubs, who currently hold the top honor with a $1,201.51 average price across all four potential NLCS games at Wrigley Field.
The Indians enter their fifth ALCS in franchise history. They last played in the penultimate playoff series in 2007, where they lost to the Boston Red Sox in seven games. The Blue Jays will play in their second consecutive ALCS and eighth ALCS overall. They return on the heels of last season's spirited series against the Kansas City Royals, where they ultimately fell in six games.
This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held TK positions in the stocks mentioned.