New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter’s final season in pinstripes is nearing an end, and many fans want to see a glimpse of the 40-year-old before he hangs up his spikes.
But for those who want to see the Yankee Stadium ceremony honoring the long-time captain, they’ll have to pay a pretty penny.
Forbes reported that ticket prices to New York’s final regular season home game on Sept. 25 rose 279 percent in February when Jeter announced that 2014 would be his last season. Those fans did not know, however, that Jeter would be honored by his team before that date.
On Friday, the Yankees announced that on Sept. 7, the team will hold a ceremony to honor Jeter’s career. After the team’s announcement, TiqIQ reported that the average ticket price to the game on resale sites jumped from $139.24 to $497.28. Even seats in the outfield bleachers, which started off at just $16, rose to $211 — an astonishing 1,200 percent increase.
“With dates being unknown, this has led to huge price spikes directly after the announcement of his retirement and now this ceremony,” TiqIQ spokesman Chris Matkovich said, via ESPN. “But it has also given the average fan the ability to buy a change to get tickets to a marquee event at face value.”
For those fans dying to see Jeter and don’t mind paying an arm and a leg to see him, this is the game for them.
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