It might seem difficult to obtain sports tickets in Kansas. Countless fans are striving for the chance to watch some of the best teams in the country up close and in person, and interest has spiked even more with sports betting in Kansas having launched recently. In some cases, season ticket waiting lists for certain franchises can take years to clear. But, when fans are finally given the opportunity to buy a season ticket at their favorite team, what is the honest cost?
We’ve matched the average salaries, tax, and cost of living in the state’s largest cities — Kansas City, Wichita, Topeka, Overland Park and Manhattan — to reveal how many working hours it typically takes Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, Sporting Kansas City, and minor-league Kansas City Monarchs fans to afford gameday tickets.
Compared to other cities across the state, sports fans in Kansas City are typically required to work the second-fewest hours before being able to afford a season ticket for their favorite team.
For instance, a season pass to watch the MLB’s Royals costs the equivalent of 93 hours, followed by the NFL’s Chiefs (56). It typically takes 41 working hours to earn a season ticket for Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer and 30 to buy a season ticket for minor-league baseball’s Monarchs, formerly known as the T-Bones.
In Wichita, Royals fans are expected to work almost 100 hours to afford a season ticket, while those of the Kansas City Chiefs and Sporting Kansas City typically spend 60 and 43 hours, respectively. For the time being, Monarchs supporters are required to work 32 hours to afford a season pass.
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Sports enthusiasts in Topeka have the lowest average rate of disposable income in Kansas, meaning Royals fans here need to work an average of 105 hours to be able to afford a season ticket — more than any other major city across the state.
Meanwhile, Chiefs supporters typically work 64 hours, followed by fans of Sporting Kansas City (46) and Kansas City Monarchs (34).
Supporters in Overland Park are required to work the fewest hours of any city in Kansas to afford a season ticket for their favorite team.
For example, a Kansas City Royals season pass will cost the equivalent of just 83 working hours, while Chiefs fans work 50 hours to afford a ticket. Meanwhile, supporters of Sporting Kansas City and the Kansas City Monarchs need to work less than 40 hours.
Manhattan is the second-least affordable city in Kansas to buy sports tickets, with a Royals season pass costing the equivalent of 100 working hours. Working 61 hours will earn you enough to buy a Chiefs season ticket, while supporting Sporting Kansas City will cost the equivalent of 44 hours. Finally, in Manhattan, it typically takes 32 hours to earn a Monarchs season ticket.
It's fascinating to see how much the true value of a season ticket depends on where you live. It reflects on the average salaries and rate of disposable income varying dramatically across the state. For more expert insight as well as the latest odds at Kansas mobile betting apps and picks for your favorite teams, stay tuned to BetKansas.com all year.