Attending a ball game is no longer a cheap day out, as sporting venues make millions each year in ticket sales, parking and merchandise; Red Sox fans face a $350 bill for a family of four at Fenway, while Staples Center makes $1.3 million on hot sales alone each year.
Home to the Lakers, Clippers and Kings, the No. 1 sports venue in the U.S. nets $345.8 million in annual revenue, including nearly $300 million in ticket sales, plus $18 million for parking fees and nearly $11 million in beer. For a dollar-by-dollar breakdown on Staples Center's annual revenue, click here.
Yankee Stadium, New York
The Bronx Bombers pack ’em in to $170 million in ticket sales, regularly filling 80 percent of their new home’s 50,000-seat capacity. Luxury suite options explain the $305 average premium ticket price.
Fenway Park, Boston
The Red Sox ballpark charges an MLB-high average of $350 per outing for a family of four. Last year’s World Series run meant 89 home games, leading to $160 million in sales.
United Center, Chicago
The House That Jordan Built is home to the Bulls and the NHL’s Blackhawks, which regularly sell out games, bringing in $158 million in ticket sales (not including $2.4 million in annual naming rights).
Metlife Stadium, New Jersey
Excluding recent Super Bowl proceeds, the venue can thank the Giants and Jets for together pulling in $140 million. One of the richest naming rights deals in sports ($19 million a year) doesn’t hurt, either.
Air Canada Centre, Toronto
The Maple Leafs’ NHL-leading average ticket ($122) and cost per outing for a family of four ($615) help the team generate more than twice the Raptors’ sales ($40 million), for an arena total of $137 million. Naming rights of $1.9 million a year add to the pot.
Busch Stadium, St. Louis
The Cardinals’ 11 World Series titles and ticket sales of $127 million ensure a place on the list. The loyal hometown crowd has a turnout second only to the L.A. Dodgers.
Madison Square Garden, New York
With $177 million in home-team ticket sales, the Rangers and Knicks remain top draws (the latter commands the NBA’s highest average ticket price: $130).
TD Garden, Boston
The arena has the Celtics and Bruins to thank for its 3.5 million annual visitors and $116 million in ticket sales (plus $6.4 million a year in naming rights from TD Bank).
Wrigley Field, Chicago
Cubs fans spend the third-highest amount in baseball, with $117 million in ticket sales.
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