Baseball fans still have thousands of opportunities to watch the New York Yankees and Houston Astros fire off the first pitch of the 2015 Major League Baseball postseason when they meet in Tuesday’s American League Wild Card matchup at Yankee Stadium.
With Houston sending out starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel and New York countering with Masahiro Tanaka in the one-game winner-take-all game, tickets are still available on the secondary market at a wide range of prices.
According to StubHub.com, passes for the grandstand outfield and bleacher’s sections are running as high as $5,000 while standing room only tickets are going for as little as $55. Overall, the average price for the game is $192.69 and the Yankees actually encouraged fans to avoid the secondary market because of the expected markup. At the time of publishing, StubHub lists more than 3,700 tickets available for the game.
The high-end tickets might seem steep, but the shortened one-game playoff has increased demand. The Astros and Yankees must win the game in order to move on face the Kansas City Royals in AL Division Series beginning Thursday.
Both teams' fans are expected to be highly interested in spending on a ticket. After posting an 87-75 record, the Bronx Bombers make their return to the postseason for the first time since 2012 when they fell in the AL Championship Series. The Yankees have snapped their longest postseason drought in more than 20 years.
The Astros and their fans have dealt with a 10-year postseason absence after reaching the World Series in 2005. Houston suffered six consecutive losing seasons before rocketing to an 86-76 mark and nearly claimed the AL West division.