Guest post by Dan Groob, TiqIQ
Where have all the Yankees gone?
With a host of injuries and departures, the 2013 version of the New York Yankees looks markedly different from the rosters of years past. If Derek Jeter ends up opening the season on the disabled list as expected, there will only be one player from last year’s opening day lineup taking the field at Yankee Stadium on April 1st to open the 2013 season—second baseman Robinson Cano.
With the likely opening day disabled list reading like an all-star lineup, including Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, and Jeter, fans have not exactly been excited to procure tickets to early season series against teams other than the Boston Red Sox. Other than ace CC Sabathia, the rotation is quite questionable a well, without the type of starters that demand gate receipts simply by themselves.
As a result of all the disappointing news surrounding the Yankees, there has been a fairly significant decrease in ticket prices for early season series. The ticket analytics folks over at TiqIQ currently haveYankees tickets carrying an average price of $89 dollars, which represents a decrease from last year. Much of the decrease is captured earlier in the season, while the aforementioned Yankees stars are expected to be on the disabled list. Three of the five cheapest series of the season will take place in April, including one against the Toronto Blue Jays, the new favorites in the AL East.
Cheapest 5 Series (Opponent | Avg | Get-in)
- 4/25 – 4/28 vs TOR | $65 | $4
- 6/4 – 6/5 vs CLE | $64 | $6
- 5/14 – 5/16 vs SEA | $57 | $4
- 4/16 – 4/18 vs ARI | $56 | $4
- 4/29 – 5/1 vs HOU | $49
Cheapest 5 Games (Opponent | Avg | Get-in)
- 4/29 vs HOU | $46 | $4
- 4/30 vs HOU | $48 | $4
- 4/16 vs ARI | $54 | $4
- 5/16 vs SEA | $55 | $4
- 5/1 vs HOU | $56 | $4
While ticket prices are down for the first few months of the season, it is still the age old promise of a new beginning that makes the April 1st home opener the highest priced single game ticket of the season. This also serves to prop up the opening series as the highest priced series at Yankee Stadium this year. Naturally, this game is also against the rival Boston Red Sox, and the three Red Sox series are the three highest priced of the season. Rounding out the top five are series against the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants from Sept 20 to Sept 22, and the crosstown Subway Series against the New York Mets from May 29 to May 30. The Sept 21 contest against the Giants is the only non-Sox game to crack the top five most expensive games of the season at Yankee Stadium. Even in a year where the Red Sox could very well finish in last place in the division, it still takes a champion to put a crack in the ticket pricing of the most storied rivalry in sports.
Top 5 Series (Opponent | Avg | Get-in)
- 4/1 – 4/4 vs BOS | $154 | $19
- 9/5 – 9/8 vs BOS | $137 | $19
- 5/31 – 6/2 vs BOS | $124 | $24
- 9/20 – 9/22 vs SFG | $124 | $16
- 5/29 – 5/30 vs NYM | $116 | $28
Top 5 Games (Opponent | Avg | Get-in)
- 4/1 vs BOS | $220 | $52
- 9/8 vs BOS | $146 | $29
- 9/7 vs BOS | $143 | $25
- 9/6 vs BOS | $137 | $27
- 9/21 vs SFG | $135 | $25