SAN FRANCISCO, March 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- StubHub, the world's largest event marketplace and Official Partner of Major League Baseball (MLB), today released its third annual MLB season preview that includes the top-selling teams and most in-demand games of the season heading into Opening Day 2019.
Top highlights include:
- MLB's global expansion continues with the London Series, featuring the Red Sox and the Yankees and ranking as the #1 most in-demand series
- Yankees take #1 most in-demand team for second year in a row
- Dodgers take the #1 most in-demand opening day game
- Moves by Harper and Machado places the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres into StubHub's teams on the rise
MLB GLOBAL EXPANSION CONTINUES
The MLB matchup in London between reigning World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox, and this season's best-selling team, the New York Yankees, is already the top-selling series heading into the season. The June 29 game is the #1 single event and is outpacing the next best-selling game, the Red Sox home opener against the Blue Jays, by nearly 50%.
"The appeal of MLB to a global audience continues to grow, and the overwhelming response for the rivalry matchup between the Yankees and Red Sox in London certainly proves that the sport has fans worldwide," said Jill Krimmel, StubHub's General Manager of MLB. "So far, fans from 44 different states in the U.S. and 27 different countries have already purchased tickets for the MLB London series, demonstrating that baseball has tremendous potential overseas much like the NFL and NBA have seen."
2019 TEAMS ON THE RISE
- For the first time in a decade, the Philadelphia Phillies earn a spot on StubHub's top ten most in-demand teams after signing Bryce Harper. Sales are up 93% from this time last year, the highest growth of all teams since last season
- Manny Machado signing to the Padres lifted ticket sales on StubHub by nearly 300% compared to the day prior, and overall, the team saw a 44% jump in ticket sales from last year
- The Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros also earn spots on this list
TOP TEN MOST IN DEMAND MLB TEAMS ON STUBHUB:
- New York Yankees
- Boston Red Sox
- San Francisco Giants
- Chicago Cubs
- St. Louis Cardinals
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- Philadelphia Phillies
- Texas Rangers
- New York Mets
- Houston Astros
TOP 5 MOST IN DEMAND OPENING DAY GAMES
- Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers
- Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees
- Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies
- Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers
- Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds
StubHub is marking its 12th season as the Official Fan-to-Fan Ticket Marketplace of MLB and its 30 Major League Clubs. StubHub is also helping fans see their favorite MLB teams by offering a promotion for regular season games. When fans buy a ticket now, they'll receive 10% off their next MLB purchase. 2019 MLB regular season tickets are available to purchase on StubHub and will be listed up until game time for all 30 MLB teams. As always, StubHub backs all listings with its market- leading FanProtect™ Guarantee and MLB fans can use StubHub's 360-degree Virtual View feature and price alerts technology to find the perfect seats for any game.
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