With the All-Star Break coming to a close, the Red Sox will host the New York Yankees this weekend to start off the 2nd half of the regular season. Red Sox tickets will be a tough grab, as the series average currently sits at $207 per ticket. This average price is almost $100 more than the Sox’s home average this season.
Demand for Red Sox vs. Yankees tickets is always high but this weekend’s hefty prices are mainly due to the Red Sox and Yankees place in the standings. The AL East is a tight race as usual, and the first place Red Sox are back to their usual sellouts after having their Fenway streak ended at the beginning of the season. The rivalry’s ticket prices were lower in the first few meetings most likely because the Red Sox and Yankees were not projected to finish at or near the top of the division. However, the Red Sox has responded well to new manager John Farrell’s philosophy and have held first place for much of the season. The Yankees come into this series trailing the Sox by six games, partially due to rash of injuries that have plagued the team throughout the season.
In Boston, fans have a lot of excitement in the direction of the team and would love to grab a great seat for a game versus a heated rival. The All-Star Break also creates buildup for the series and has Bostonians thinking more about flocking to Fenway this weekend.
Along with the fans, the networks have also picked up on the demand for this series, as all three games will be on national television. MLB Network has the Friday game, while FOX will air the Saturday afternoon game in regional areas. The weekend wraps up with a primetime game on ESPN featuring star pitchers Jon Lester and C.C. Sabathia.
Saturday’s game will be the toughest, or at least the most expensive ticket in town with a Get-In price of $70, compared to Friday’s and Sunday’s of $45 and $42, respectively. Saturday games tend to yield the highest prices because of convenience to fans, especially in this case with the Sunday meeting set for a late 8 P.M. first pitch. The Yankees have continued to set the bar high on the road, with Yankees tickets averaging $123 per seat. However, this series will be 69% more expensive than the average road price with the immense interest for this series. With attractive pitching matchups and an intriguing race in the division, ticket prices reflect the Red Sox vs. Yankees rivalry should be on full display this weekend at Fenway.