Although he hasn’t played in a Major League Baseball game since 2006, former New York Yankees great Bernie Williams officially retired from the game only this year, and will have a day in his honor at Yankee Stadium in which his recognizable No. 51 will be retired by the club.
On Sunday, May 24, “Bernie Williams Night” will be held at the stadium, with a Monument Park plaque dedication ceremony for one of the most decorated outfielders in franchise history scheduled prior to the game, leading up to first pitch at 8:05 p.m. EST for an affair with the Texas Rangers. The contest will cap off a three-game series with the AL West squad.
For games like these, it’s probably best to search for tickets through the team directly, rather than the secondary market, especially with this being one of the more special days of the year concerning the 2015 Yankees’ home slate. Typically, as it concerns promotional days, people selling tickets on the market will drive up the price, also due to the higher-than-usual demand, in order to make the maximum that they can get. In the case of “Bernie Williams Night,” the differences in ticket prices are substantial. On TiqIQ, tickets for the Yankees for this game cost $124.64 on average.
If you’re a longtime Yankees fan and simply wanted to attend the game just out of support for Williams, and therefore only desired 400-level tickets, it would cost you as little as $28 through the Yankees (section 434A, row 10, for example). On the secondary market, similar seating in section 434A, row 11, is running for more than 50% more, being $43. Furthermore, if you’re looking for tickets in the 200-level, you could get seating in section 232B, row 9 for $61, whereas section 232B, row 15 on the secondary market would, again, cost just about 50% more, clocking in at $97. In such instances, it makes a lot more sense to seek out your tickets through the team.
Williams arrived in the big leagues in 1991 and proceeded to etch a very nice career, playing for 16 years, all with the Yankees. He made the All Star team five times, won a Gold Glove in the outfield four times, and also has a batting title on his resume when his .339 batting average topped everyone in the league in 1998. Most importantly, he was an integral part of the famed Yankees rosters of the late-1990’s and 2000, when the club put together one of the more impressive dynasties in sports history, winning four championships in a five-year span. Williams played an important role in all four of those title-winning teams.
As part of the celebration, fans will also be given a Bernie Williams Collector Card. All in all, it is shaping up to be a special night for one of this generation’s most famous Yankees, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a completely sold-out crowd in attendance for the evening.