Despite recent struggles of both teams, Yankees visit to Anaheim commands ticket price premium
By Dan Groob, TiqIQ
After taking on the top two teams in the AL East on the road, the Los Angeles Angels return home to Angel Stadium of Anaheim to take on the third place AL East team, the New York Yankees.
During the past week, the Angels dropped two out of three to both Boston and Baltimore. Currently, the Angels sit fourth in the AL West with only three wins so far in June, a month that is now halfway complete.
Fans are still hoping for a turnaround though. While ticket prices have declined coincident with Angels’ struggles thus far, this Yankees series is still commanding a significant premium over the Angels season average. According to TiqIQ, Los Angeles Angels tickets at home this season are averaging $60 dollars. The three game set against the Yankees carries a series average price of $89 dollars, a 48% premium to the season average.
The series kicks off tonight at 7:05pm PST, with a pair of veteran southpaws doing battle on the hill. CJ Wilson takes the mound for Los Angeles, while ageless wonder Andy Pettitte will work the bump for New York. Game one currently carries the most expensive ticket prices of the series, with an average price tag of $97 dollars, and a get-in price of $23.
Saturday’s game two of the series takes place at 4:05pm PST, and will pit reclamation project Tommy Hanson against young Yankee right hander David Phelps. Although Hanson has made nearly 100 more career starts than Phelps, he is actually only about a month older than the Yankees prospect. Hanson appeared closer to getting on track last outing at Boston, tossing 5 innings of two-run ball. Fans can catch game two of the series for an average price of $88 dollars, with tickets available for as little as $19.
Sunday’s Father’s Day series finale matinee checks in as the least expensive game of the series, with an average price tag of $84 dollars and a get-in price of $12 dollars. Coincidentally, the 12:35pm PST afternoon contest will match the two supposed aces of these teams in CC Sabathia and Jered Weaver. Both pitchers have actually struggled quite a bit this year as a result of decreased velocity, and in Weaver’s case, some time on the DL. While Weaver had his worst outing since coming off the DL last time out against Baltimore, Sabathia is coming off arguably his worst of 14 starts this season earlier this week at Oakland. Both pitchers are California natives, and will look to right the ship in their home state on Father’s Day.