Yankees Ticket Prices Hit New Low for Wild Card Gamesby
The average ticket costs $180.09 on the secondary market
Tickets for the National League Wild Card Game average $300
New York Yankees tickets are not usually among the cheapest in baseball. They are now.
Resale ticket prices for Tuesday’s American League Wild Card game between New York and the Houston Astros are the least expensive since the advent of the Wild Card round in 2012, according to data collected by ticket-aggregator TiqIQ. Tickets for the one-game playoff are listed for an average of $180.09. That’s 40 percent lower than the average for the National League Wild Card game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates ($300.41).
It’s also 14 percent below the previous low for a Wild Card game: $208.81 on average for the 2013 NL game between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates, according to TiqIQ.
The prices dropped before news today that Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, who was not scheduled to start on Tuesday, will miss the playoffs. Chris Matcovich, a spokesman for TiqIQ, said the slump was a combination of slow direct sales -- there are still seats available through the Yankees -- and large quantity on the resale market. In total, there are about 7,500 tickets still available.
"The way the Yankees played down the stretch probably didn’t help," Matcovich said in an e-mail. The Yankees lost 17 games since the beginning of September, including seven of their last eight. By the end of the season, the average resale price for a home game was $83.63, down from $115.23.
The most expensive ticket listed for Tuesday’s game at Yankee Stadium is a front-row seat behind the New York dugout for $3,700. The cheapest seats are $52. The listings are consistently higher than face value, where tickets started at $24.