Derek Jeter has announced that the 2014 MLB season will be the last of his career. With fans having so few chances to see the shortstop play one more time, ticket prices for his final games are skyrocketing.
The New York Yankees’ last home game in the regular season is scheduled for Sept. 25 against the Baltimore Orioles. Unless the team makes the playoffs, it will be the last time Jeter plays at Yankee Stadium. Making the postseason is no guarantee for the Yankees, who failed to win the division or a wild card spot last year.
Soon after Jeter released his statement about his retirement, seats on the secondary ticket market were being sold for more than 10 times their value. Single-game bleacher seats cost between $18 and $22 when purchased before game day. On stubhub.com, the cheapest bleacher seats were priced at $332, just two hours after the announcement.
The least expensive tickets overall are set at $249.20 at the terrace level. Some fans, though, are asking for dollar amounts into the five figures. The highest asking price is set at just over $11,000.
New York’s season won’t end in the Bronx. Assuming Jeter plays in the Yankees final series, his last at-bat won’t be in front of his hometown fans. The Boston Red Sox will host the Yankees at Fenway Park in game No. 162. Tickets for that game are more expensive than usual, though not at the level of prices for Jeter’s last home game. The most affordable ticket is an outfield grandstand seat for $173.60. From there, the prices surpass $200.
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Mariano Rivera announced his retirement before the start of the 2013 season. His final home game was sold out, which is a rarity for New York these days. By opening day, the average ticket price for that game on the secondary market reached $371, according to River Avenue Blues.