Saturday, February 6, 2016

Early estimate: Phils home tickets will average $222

A new round and higher prices to see the Phillies at Citizen Bank Park

Early estimate: Phils home tickets will average $222


Expect the price for tickets to the National League Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park, at least on the secondary market, to jump more than 50 percent from their average for the previous series.

StubHub suggested last Thursday that the average price for a Phillies ticket for the NLCS would be $222. Tickets into the NLDS at the park averaged around $145.

Dodgers tickets, as of last Thursday’s report, figured to sell for an average of $142. Tickets to see the Rays, if they advance, will average $105. Red Sox tickets at Fenway Park, assuming they advance, should top the four teams remaining, costing an average of $329. New figures likely will be released today or tomorrow morning.

No doubt you’ll have a shot at area ticket agencies. And the Phillies sometime this week will sell the allotment they have for the NLCS through a lottery. Fans can register to have their name picked for tickets to the NLCS and the World Series at The signup deadline is noon Thursday.

If the Phillies make it past the Dodgers and into the World Series, Stubhub said last week that those tickets for the three potential home games were going to sell for an average approaching $900. That figure was a little higher than home games at Fenway Park ($880) and about $375 more than what Rays fans will be paying in Tampa.

The thinking was that Cubs fans could pay an average of $2767 for tickets to the three games at Wrigley Field. As you know, the Dodgers bounced them in three, saving Chicago fans a lot of money but costing them far more in angst.

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Paul Vigna still has the seat he wrestled out of the concrete at Connie Mack Stadium parked in the finished basement, a 1980 Phillies championship mirror hanging above it. Now, why he’s kept an autograph of former Flyer Bruce Gamble on a sheet of Hockey Hall of Fame paper is another story. A native of Philly who grew up in Lansdale, he’s an assistant sports editor at the Daily News in charge of special projects who has written two columns related to sports and consumers: View From the Seats and Savvy Consumer.

Athletic contests were, for a long time, simply fun and games. Nowadays they’re just a small part of a sports entertainment industry that puts billions of dollars into play and a number of issues into motion. Moneyball indeed. You might be closer to the action than ever before, but that privilege comes at a price - and often it’s beyond what you can afford.

With that as the backdrop we’ll use this blog to dig out stories and swap advice about how the fan experience is changing and what it’s costing you now and in the future. Some of it will educate, some will let you vent. And in a sports panel format, it should allow for a consensus of opinion that can carry some weight.

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