Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Ticket prices in NY heading down
PHILADELPHIA -- A rainy forecast is causing online ticket prices to drop for the opening game of the World Series in New York.
The New York Yankees are scheduled to host the Philadelphia Phillies in Wednesday night's opener.
There seems to be more demand -- and higher prices -- for the weekend games in Philadelphia.
Wednesday night prices for resale tickets have dropped from about $330 to $270 for the cheapest seats, according to ticket broker Don Vaccaro, chief executive of TicketNetwork. He expects prices to drop to about $200 by game time, given the uncertain forecast.
Separately, Yankees fans seem more inclined to sell their tickets than Phils fans this year, perhaps to recoup the high price of season tickets at the Yankees' new $1.5 billion stadium.
"They're two huge markets close together. There should be a big rivalry there," Vaccaro said. "The Philadelphia ticket is holding up, the New York ticket is not."
Ethan Blum, 27, a New York City resident from suburban Philadelphia, hopes to match a deal his family found last year that put six of them in seats behind the visitors' dugout at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park for about $3,500.
Blum, who works for an investment firm, has posted an online ad offering a maximum $4,000 for six tickets to Game 4 on Sunday in Philadelphia.
He thinks it's worth the price to get the family together for a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity -- even if the Phillies are back again this year.
"If that's going to be money that's going to be a mortgage payment or a kid's college fund, no, but was that experience worth it at the time? Yes," said Blum, who grew up along Philadelphia's affluent Main Line.
Yankees fans in his midst in New York are supremely confident, he said.
"They think they're going to walk all over us," Blum said. "They're very confident, but so are we."
University of Pennsylvania graduate student Kevin Smith, 28, hopes to recoup $500 each for two standing-room only tickets. He picked them up online for about $100 before the Phillies clinched the league title.
Fortunately, he has a second pair he plans to use to attend Sunday's game.
Tickets to that game were going Tuesday for $400 to well over $1,000 each on StubHub.com, an online ticket exchange site.