Guest post by Ross Sheingold, The Yankee Stadium Insider
Budget-conscious Yankees fans worried about the ticket market heating up as the season progresses may not have anything to worry about at all. According to FanSnap’s ticket search engine, average ticket prices for both instances of the 2011 Subway Series are 42% lower than they were in 2010:
We’re also hearing anecdotes that back up the data. Over a table full of wings on Thursday night, FanSnap Blog’s tennis expert Bobby Calise passed along his story of purchasing Yankees tickets for this weekend’s Subway Series. Earlier this week, Bobby’s girlfriend recommended that they go to a Yankees game over the weekend. From experience, we know that whenever a wife or a girlfriend recommends a sporting event as a weekend activity, immediate action is necessary, lest she changes her mind.
Unfortunately for Bobby, he quickly remembered that the Mets were in town this weekend and ticket prices were likely to be inflated. He looked up prices anyway and to his surprise, he found a pair of tickets in the Bleachers for around $82 after all fees. Sure, the $82 was nearly triple the $30 face value for the pair of tickets, but this was for a Saturday “premium” game against a cross-town rival.He could have had significantly cheaper tickets in the Grandstand, but as any good “Stadium Insider” knows, you get way more bang for buck in the right field Bleachers with Bald Vinny. He was sold.
Bobby’s experience illustrates two points that we’ve made in the past on our blog, NYY Stadium Insider:
1) Yankees fans with season tickets in the bleachers would be wise to hold onto their plans unless the face value rises dramatically. Even in what is considered a buyer’s market, resellers are making nearly triple face value for premium games, and not too far below face value for regular games.
2) The convenience afforded by the secondary ticket market far outweighs any benefits that non-bleacher season tickets can offer. Sure, you might have to pay significantly over face value for premium and playoff games, but you also have the freedom to base your game attendance decisions on that day’s circumstances. The Bergen Record’s John Brennan experienced this phenomenon earlier this week when he traveled from New Jersey to Queens for a Mets game, only to find out upon arrival that the game had been postponed. His experience illustrates the value of the secondary ticket market and going forward he will think twice before making his ticket purchases so far in advance from the box office.
If you truly love spending your Spring and Summer evenings in New York City watching our national past time, now is the time to buy tickets. You can find Yankees tickets and Mets tickets using FanSnap’s Ticket Search Engine.