Mets: Ticket sellers dominating David Wright’s final game
By Richard Heaton
The New York Mets have a lot to look forward to during their final two weeks of the season. On September 29th, we have what looks to be David Wright’s final game.
On September 13th, it was announced that David Wright was going to be activated and then start a game on September 29th for the New York Mets. The announcement created a huge burst of sales when it came to tickets, in terms of both availability and prices.
When you look at the team’s official website, tickets sold out quickly. Fans bought $24 promenade tickets and more expensive ones with a passion. But it doesn’t actually mean that the stadium is going to be full.
I did some studying on different ticket resale sites such as Vividseats and StubHub and found some interesting info regarding the game. First, you would want to know that on resale sites, tickets leading up to the announcement were incredibly cheap.
People who had tickets to that game just wanted to get them off their hands so some Promenade ones were selling for less than $5 each. The moment the announcement was made, I was quick to get a ticket. After fees, I paid $15 for a seat in Right Field Reserved, which was less than face value of a Promenade ticket on the Mets website.
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I also bought a few more tickets, paying $35 for three Promenade tickets. I bought them in case I wanted to take some friends with me, and then from that moment on, it must have been impossible to get tickets.
Every minute, tickets on resale sites would sell out and then get more expensive. That night, the cheapest price on Vividseats for a Promenade ticket was $100 and the cheapest for a Right Field Reserved was a little over $200. Monday night, the cheapest tickets in those sections were $137 and $311 respectively.
But it looks like not that many people are actually buying tickets at those prices. One day I was studying the sites and their prices because I was considering selling one of my tickets. I checked the section every hour and noticed that there were many tickets that were still available, but at a higher price.
I don’t mean the actual number of seats they had was high, I mean the actual seat itself. The same section, row, and seat number. I was intrigued so I took a bunch of screenshots and waited until the next day.
Over time, I noticed that there were a handful of seats left that were the same as day one but $100 more expensive and that got me thinking about why the prices are rising.
If someones buying a ticket to actually see the David Wright, most likely they wouldn’t list it back for sale, unless they bought extra. Even if they bought extra and sold a few back, they wouldn’t keep the same listing and just keep raising the prices.
So is it possible that the majority of people who bought tickets might not even be baseball fans? That they bought not one, not two, but as many tickets as possible to use that game like they use the stock market?
Of course, that happens with any game, but it looks like it could have been much bigger with this one. It looks like some people bought tickets and were just manually raising the prices themselves, or else those seats wouldn’t have still been listed.
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If that is the case, prices might actually go down as we get closer to the game. Those who bought tickets when they were $20 and can’t get sell them for $150 now might be forced to drop them right before the game just to get rid of them.