It’s obvious by the quantity and price of tickets still available for Wednesday’s game compared to last year’s Game 1 that Phillies fans have an expectation this year that they didn’t last year.
As of around 5 p.m., around 850 tickets remained for Game 1, which gets under way at 3 on Wednesday. And tickets in general for home Phillies NLDS games were selling for an average of $153, a StubHub spokesman said, as compared to $270 for last year’s home games vs. the Rockies.
Making the playoffs for a second straight year, Sean Pate said during a phone conversation earlier this evening, “has changed not necessarily the demand but the average sell price for a lot of these tickets. People are still buying them in mass numbers, but the fact they’re not spending quite as much as they were last year because they’re looking” for a run that takes them into the next round or the World Series. “There are quite a few tickets for sale under $100.”
Prices figure to drop once the clock heads past noon, as agencies and sites try to unload their inventory and some ticketholders decide not to leave work early for a mid-afternoon game.