Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Hotel Prices for MLB Opening Day Travelers

By Joe Baur,

Major League Baseball is back and trivago has home opener hotel prices for all you travelers following America’s favorite pastime.

Now here’s a sentence we never thought we’d get to type: The Chicago Cubs will hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy at Wrigley Field on Monday, April 10 against their NLCS rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers. No surprise, hotels are pricey and rare. Only 9 out of 563 hotels have rooms available within a two-mile radius of the ballpark (as of this posting) and prices average at $234 across the city.

The Cleveland Indians could just as easily be having their own celebration after a Game 7 that could’ve gone either way. Instead, they’ll be looking to start a second Cinderella run when they welcome the Chicago Whitesox to Progressive Field for their opener on Tuesday, April 11. We’re seeing deals for about 18 of Cleveland’s 70-plus hotels within a two-mile radius of the stadium. It’s also a pricier time to be in the Forest City with hotel prices averaging around $196.

Did you know the Cincinnati Reds always get the first pitch at Great American Ballpark on Opening Day? Well, they do, and making a trip down to the Queen City for the Findlay market Parade is a baseball traveler must. If you’re heading down this year for the 97th edition, expect to pay around $175 on Monday, April 3 against the Phillies.

Sticking with the NL Central for a moment, the St. Louis Cardinals are always a draw with their ability to claim Midwestern fans outside of Chicago sports territory. So it’s only appropriate they’ll take the field at Busch Stadium against their rival Cubs on Sunday, April 2. Travelers will spend about $175 for their hotel.

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Like St. Louis, Phoenix and Tampa will share Sunday Night Baseball honors when they host the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees respectively on April 2. Their average hotel prices come in at $290 and $173. The Boston Red Sox, 2017 favorites, won’t be far behind. They open Monday afternoon at Fenway Park against the Pirates with Beantown hotel prices averaging $403.

Let’s pause for a moment and remember that the Kansas City Royals won the 2016 World Series after back-to-back appearances. 2016 wasn’t as kind to the Royals, but they’ll be back at it with their home opener on April 10 against the Oakland Athletics. You’ll spend about $165 for your hotel.

Some of you might remember that the City of Atlanta had an ugly breakup with their Braves when the team left the city for suburban Cobb County. It’ll be interesting (to us and other fan bases eyeing potential stadium moves and taxpayer-financed deals) to see how hotel prices and traffic vary between the locations as the season progresses. Atlanta has 389 hotels listed on trivago versus 55 in Marietta — the largest city in Cobb County. Turner Field was walking distance from the downtown of a major U.S. city whereas the new ballpark is off a four-way interstate junction next to the mall with a Cheesecake Factory. In any event, the Braves will step up to the plate for the first time in SunTrust Park on Friday, April 14 against the Padres. $163 is the average price we’re seeing for Atlanta if you’re sticking with the city for your hotel.

Let’s not forget about Canada, folks. Toronto’s Blue Jays looked poised for a World Series run before going off with a bit of a whimper against Cleveland in the ALCS despite Jose Bautista’s prediction. They’ll brush off the dirt and open up in Canada at the Rogers Centre on April 11 and hotels come at a relative bargain at $181 (241 CAD).

Did we miss your team? (Probably. There are 30 teams and we covered 10.) Let us know in the comments the game you’re looking at and we’ll see what our hotel nerds can do.

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