StubHub Releases 2017 Opening Day Excuse Report and Gives Fans The Perfect Excuse Letter

The Major League Baseball season kicks off in earnest today and plenty of fans, who just can’t bear missing out on the action of this American pastime – seeing their favorite players, hearing the crack of the bat, adding to the roar in the stadium as they’re hoping for a chance at the pennant, are planning to skip work or school to support their favorite teams on Opening Day.

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Click here to view StubHub’s Full 2017 Opening Day Report

Results of a Survey, announced today – conducted online by Harris Poll and commissioned by StubHub surveyed among over 2,000 American adults – finds that nearly one-quarter (24%) of American adults say they would make up an excuse to get out of school or work to attend MLB Opening Day and 23% have actually skipped school or work in the past to attend a baseball game!

Millennials (18-34-year-olds) are the most likely to skip for Opening Day:

  • Nearly one-third (30%) of millennial males say they are planning to skip work/school to attend an MLB Opening Day game this year.
  • 17% of millennials (male and female) say they are planning to skip vs 4% of those ages 45+.

The survey asked Americans what their top excuses to skip work or school for an MLB Opening Day would be:

  • 24% of Americans said they would make up an excuse
  • 13% said they would take a “sick day”
  • 7% said they would take a “mental health day”
  • 25% said they wouldn’t make up an excuse – they’d just be honest about where they were going

Sometimes, Opening Day is about more than just baseball.  The experience is truly a myriad of scents, tastes, sounds and energy that make it one of the most quintessential American traditions.

StubHub asked Americans what their favorite part of attending a baseball game is:

  • 47% of Americans cited the game itself
  • The other 51% are there to enjoy their afternoon or evening
  • Nearly 1 in 5 Americans (18%) chose either “the food” (9%) or the “people watching” (9%) as their favorite part of attending a baseball game
  • Hot dogs (38%) and alcoholic beverages (21%) topped the list of favorite ballpark treats Americans look forward to
  • Peanuts, the traditional 7th-inning stretch favorite, was further down the list at 15%
Survey Methodology:
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of StubHub from March 23-27, 2017 among 2,201 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact

Get your excuse ready before your team’s home opener!

To arm fans who need an excuse to make it out to see their favorite players, StubHub has partnered with six MLB teams to provide excuse letters for Opening Day ticket buyers on StubHub to personalize:
Giants Excuse Letter
San Francisco Giants Home Opener Excuse Letter
New York Mets Home Opener Excuse Letter
New York Yankees Home Opener Excuse Letter
Chicago Cubs Home Opener Excuse Letter
Los Angeles Dodgers Home Opener Excuse Letter
Kansas Royals Home Opener Excuse Letter

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