LADY AT THE BAT: Following Wild Card Berth, Demand Rises For NY Yankees 2016 Tickets On Secondary Market

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Following Wild Card Berth, Demand Rises For NY Yankees 2016 Tickets On Secondary Market

The New York Mets may have captivated the city with their fairytale run to the World Series in October, but there’s no denying the Yankees’ ability to keep things interesting in the Bronx this winter. They bolstered their roster with the additions of second baseman Starlin Castro and closer Aroldis Chapman while former No. 1 draft pick Aaron Hicks lends a helping hand to an aging outfield . And while the Mets may appear to be the ultimate winners of the offseason with their improbable re-signing of Yoenis Cespedes, there’s still plenty of reason for out-of-towners to make the trip to E 161st Street in the Bronx this season.

That reason is justified on the secondary ticket market, where the average price for Yankees tickets has increased considerably since last season. 2016 Yankees tickets now own a secondary market average of $110.76 over 81 games at Yankee Stadium marking a 27.9% increase from last season’s average of $83.63.
The Yankees host the Tampa Bay Rays on August 14 in what will be the most expensive game of the season. With Mariano Rivera receiving his own plaque in Monument Park prior to the game, the average price for tickets is now $227.59 and the cheapest is listed for $37. Opening Day tickets against the Houston Astros on April 4 will follow with an average price of $192.76 and $53 get-in price.
Of course, the beauty of the outfield bleachers will allow fans to find tickets to many of those games for relatively cheap. Fans can take advantage of marquee games with ticket prices from as low as $40 for a July 17 game with the Red Sox. Combine that with the vast majority of New York City hotels and there’s plenty of opportunity to experience a Big Apple vacation without breaking the bank.
Lowering payroll has been Hal Steinbrenner’s modus operandi headed into 2016, and it appears that the franchise is headed in the right direction by resisting – or perhaps being denied – by several big names this offseason. The lucrative contracts of Mark Teixeira, C.C. Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran all come off the books by the end of the 2017 season, giving the team’s young players ample time to shine over the next two seasons before the team seeks a big off-season name.
The talk of the town will be the defending National League champion Mets come April, but the Yankees have the pieces to be the biggest threat in the A.L. East this season, even if that means playing second fiddle to their crosstown rivals in Flushing. With the assembly of the best pitching relief in baseball and the ever-dangerous bats of Teixeira, Rodriguez and Beltran, there’s no reason the Yankees shouldn’t be in the running towards their next pennant come October.
In summation, expect more of the same from the 2016 Yankees – a fertile summer capped with postseason expectations in the Bronx. 

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