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Tickets for Dodgers-Dbacks games in Australia are pricey

Mar 19, 2014, 8:25 AM EDT

Loyal reader and other-side-of-the-world-dweller Kiwicricket has been shooting me interesting factoids and news articles about the Dodgers-Dbacks series in Australia. One interesting factoid? The Dodgers are using special fancy lights in order to beat jet lag. Another one? Tickets to the games at Sydney Cricket Ground are not cheap. Prices from Ticketek.com:

Platinum         $499.00
Gold Grandstand  $369.00
Gold Concourse   $369.00
Silver   $259.00
Bronze   $189.00
Outfield         $99.00
Grandstand Outfield      $69.00
Concourse Outfield       $129.00
Trumper Concourse        $89.00
Miller Bullpen Bar       $149.00

Those are in Australian dollars and the current exchange rate is $1 U.S. to $1.10 Australian. So fine, lop of 10%. Still seems like an awful lot, especially given how far away from the action many of the seats down the lines appear to be:

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I guess this is a big special event. But I have to wonder if it’s as big for most Australians as it is for people directly involved with the promotion or for baseball fans in the U.S. I mean, ask yourself: how much would you be willing to pay to see world class cricket if it were put on in Yankee Stadium?

Maybe some folks would pay top dollar. Maybe it would sell out as I assume SCG will sell out for this two-game series. But it does seem kinda high for a March baseball game.

  1. cur'68 - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Well some things don’t change. Never once while I was there did I encounter anything resembling a bargain when it came to tickets for anything. That pricing regime guarantees that people who will never be fans will go see the game just to say they could afford to do so. They’ll spend the whole time networking, “being seen” and ignore the action. They’ll then leave early. Its a pity, too. With homerun and foul balls being kept by who ever catches them, a wonderful opportunity to create good will for the game will be mostly lost on the young middle class fans (the demographic most likely to take up the sport).

  2. tcostant - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Is Ticketek.com a ticket broker or is like ticket master here? Are these the box office price – that is not clear.

    • tcostant - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      Sure sounds like a broker:

      About Ticketek

      With over 32 years experience ticketing the biggest live events and venues in Australia, Ticketek is the leading ticketing partner to the sports and live entertainment industry and operates Australia’s most advanced multi-channel sales and distribution network.

      A truly digital company, ticketek.com.au is Australia’s number one Entertainment Events website, with a market leading mobile platform that gives customers the ability to browse, buy and deliver tickets on their phone, through both the mobile site and iPhone app. Ticketek also offers a dedicated team of call centre representatives, and operates 138 agency outlets, including 40 located at Westfield Concierge desks throughout Australia.

      Ticketek sells over 18 million tickets to more than 20,000 events each year, including concerts, sports, theatre, musicals, festivals, exhibitions, experiences and family events.

      Ticketek provides ticketing services to Australia’s premier venues including ANZ Stadium, Allphones Arena, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney Cricket Ground, Allianz Stadium, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena AAMI Park, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Crown Entertainment Complex Melbourne, Blundstone Arena, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Newcastle Entertainment Centre, WIN Entertainment Centre Wollongong, Canberra Stadium, National Gallery of Australia Canberra, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide Oval, Crown Entertainment Complex Perth, Perth Theatre Trust, Regal Theatre and the new Perth Arena. Ticketek also sells tickets to some of Australia’s most prominent events including the Australian Open Tennis Tournament, Royal Melbourne Show, Royal Adelaide Show and Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

      Ticketek Australia has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Perth.

      • Old Gator - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:17 AM

        So they’re just the antipodal version of Ticketbastard, right? Same sheet, deeferent hemisphere.

      • steelhammer92 - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        Ticketek is not a broker; it is a Ticketmaster in Australia, Ticketek actually forbids scalping.

  3. cocheese000 - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Tickets for the orioles home opener against the sox are going for similar prices on ebay and craigslist.

  4. stoutfiles - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Supply and demand.

    They could charge much lower, but then everyone will sell them for triple their price on the aftermarket. Also, there are no local fans to piss off by gouging.

    • Old Gator - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Nawwwwwwt true, mate. I’m sure Cur and Tex will back me on this, but there are cultically severe Australian fans of American teams all over the place. There’s not a lot of logic to it – once on a riverboat excursion on the Murray River I saw a mom, dad and two small kids all wearing Dodgers caps. I thought they must be Americans but no, turned out they were from Adelaide. Seems Dad went to a Dodgers game on a business trip to LA once and had utilized evil media like cable TV to turn his entire family into Bums fans. Met a teenager with a Borg hat in Launceston, Tasmania – different kind of story; he just read a couple of books about American baseball and figgered he’d go with the best of the best – but he told me there was a kid at his school who was a Banbag fan with whom he regularly got into fights. After awhile I stopped asking when I came across locals beclad with baseball signifiers. But they’re down there. And there’s plenty of them.

  5. dan1111 - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    “how much would you be willing to pay to see world class cricket if it were put on in Yankee Stadium?”

    This isn’t really equivalent. Imagine the population of the New York City metropolitan area spread out over the entire continental U.S., and separated from the rest of the world by thousands of miles of ocean. That is Australia. World class cricket games are more accessible from New York City than they are from some parts of Australia.

    I imagine that being a small, isolated nation increases the value of seeing sports and entertainment events from other parts of the world, because there is much less available in the home market and many fewer foreign visiting acts.

    Also, prices in Australia are high, anyway.

    • kiwicricket - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      More to do with supply and demand. They will hold it in Melbourne next season(my guess) and sell out the MCG with 90,000+. Being the sporting capital of the planet bodes well for them.

      Also Australians, per-person wise are some of the wealthiest on earth. Plus they love sport and beer?

  6. yahmule - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    If their payroll keeps increasing, this will be the pricing structure for all Dodger home games.

  7. 2bagger33 - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Australia’s minimum wage is $16.37. Maybe the US can learn a thing or two…

    • kiwicricket - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      Exactly, but the basic price of living is substantially higher.
      Average house price in Sydney is around $700K USD.

      Oh, you get free healthcare(actually .8% of your taxes, so not actually free) with that also! Incredible huh?!

      • Old Gator - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        Depends. The median home price in San Francisco is $887,800 which translates to about $977,650 in Australian dollars. The median home price in New York is $599,000 which translates to $659,000 Ozbucks, so it doesn’t lag far behind – especially considering that the New York median takes into account some pretty bad neighborhoods, too. In Brisbane, it’s $432,000 which amounts to $389,000 US, so Oz got nothin’ on Californ-eye-aye.

      • Old Gator - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        PS – and when you figger in the “free” health insurance….

      • kiwicricket - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:33 PM

        Good points. My main grip was the high prices comparative to the population and salaries.
        Off the top of my head, I think Melbourne is in the top 5 and Sydney in the top 7 most costly cities in the planet to buy/live.

        The healthcare thing was sarcasm. I can’t fathom how a developed country does not provide healthcare for it’s citizens when eating up large chunks of your taxes.

  8. jayquintana - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    I’m a baseball fan, but there’s no way I’d pay that much to attend a game.

  9. tannins11 - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    I can tell you that the cost of living in Australia is far more than in the states. House prices in NYC and San Fran may be similar but you pay twice to three times as much for most things like food, alcohol, clothing, electronics, cars.
    For example, you can buy a mercedes 500 in the states for about 100k US. The same car in Aus is nearly 400k AUS (360K US). Gas is nearly $7 a gallon. Wages are higher. I think the average wage is 78K per year, but the cost of living is much more. They are a very wealthy nation with one of the best standards of living on the planet. Australians dont go to sporting events to be seen or just because they can afford it. Australia is a huge sporting nation. Aussies love sport and considering their population, they are probably one of the strongest sporting nations based on per capita.

    The amount of work that had to be done to convert the SCG into a ball park would have cost big money. They even shipped in regulation dirt from San Diego. Tickets have to be expensive to cover those costs.

    Considering there is only 20 million people in Australia, they host an unreal amount of world class sporting events.

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