TiqIQ: Even With Secondary Market Hot, Primary Tickets Remain For Yankees-Orioles Series

It’s been a very up-and-down season for the reigning AL East champion Baltimore Orioles. After a slow start to the year that saw them saddled with a 23-29 record in early-June, the Orioles turned things around with their best stretch of the season, going 18-7 throughout the rest of the month to vault back into first-place. However, they would proceed to go cold again, losing 10 of their last 13 entering the All-Star break, which sunk them down to the .500-mark and right back into the middle-of-the-pack.


Fortunately for Buck Showalter’s club, they’ll have a very nice opportunity to gain some ground back, as they travel to Yankee Stadium for a crucial series with the first-place Yankees. The Bronx Bombers have experienced their own highs and lows throughout the season, but at the moment, have sustained a decent lead for first over the rest of the division residents and will try and keep it going as the second half gets rolling.

It’s been an evenly-matched season series between the two clubs up to this point, as they’ve split ten meetings heading into this three-game set. Ironically, it’s been the road team that has dominated, as the Orioles took two of three from each of their series at Yankee Stadium, while New York took three out of four when they visited Camden Yards in Baltimore in early-May. With this series being in the Bronx, the Yankees will look to reverse that trend.

Speaking of trends, fans might be surprised to learn that a majority of superior ticket deals can actually be found on Yankees.com, as opposed to on the secondary market and the same holds true for this very series. For instance, look no further than the highly coveted seats in section 128, row 25 on the field for Thursday’s series finale. Those who explore their options on the Yankees website can get those premium seats for $155, which is an immense bargain when compared to what other sellers are asking for. In fact, those same tickets are going for whopping $235 on the secondary market.

Furthermore, the same game sees tickets in section 228, row 7 going for just $90 from the Yankees, which easily bests the $149 price tag those same seats are listed at from outside sellers. Fans can also attain better value straight from the team for the series opener in section 234, row 1. On Yankees.com, those seats cost $55, whereas on the secondary market, they cost $70.

Early on in the second half, this is as close to a “must-see” series as it gets, considering how tightly-contested the race in the AL East is, and the storied organizations involved. Without question, this will be one of the more high-profile series throughout this week, and that’s why the demand for tickets is so high on the secondary market. Thus, your best bet is going straight to the source for your ticketing needs.

TiqIQ: Betances Figurine Night Provides Rare Giveaway At Yankee Stadium

Tonight the New York Yankees will host the Oakland Athletics in the second game of a three-game set, and it will feature something more than a potential Yankees home victory. In addition to the action, this particular affair will also serve as Dellin Betances Figurine Night, the only one of its kind to be held at Yankee Stadium all season long, and the only night dedicated to honoring one of the game’s brightest young relievers.

While the giveaway item will be rare and perhaps even become valuable, considering the Yankees typically only give bobbleheads as opposed to figurines, tickets are averaging $58.66 for this contest, with a get-in price of just $7 on TiqIQ. Going into the season, many figured this promotion at the stadium would rank amongst the most highly demanded Yankees tickets of the year, so the value in going to this game looks remarkable at the moment. There are great deals to be had not just on the secondary market, but also directly through the team on Yankees.com, as tonight offers discounts for students and military members.

Betances has been enjoying another unbelievable All-Star campaign in 2015, owning a 5-1 record, 1.80 ERA, and 0.86 WHIP (as of July 7), not to mention the fact that he has 68 strikeouts in just 42 innings of work for one of the best strikeout-per-inning ratios amongst all Major League relief pitchers. Furthermore, opposing batters are hitting an eye-opening .127 against the hard-throwing right-hander.

As great as he’s been this season, it will be difficult for the Washington Heights native to top his success from a season ago. Aside from making the All-Star team and finishing third in the voting for the AL Rookie of the Year award, Betances set a new franchise record last year for strikeouts by a reliever, as his 135 punch-outs topped the great Mariano Rivera’s previous mark of 130 set back in 1996.

Alongside closer Andrew Miller, the 27-year-old Betances helps comprise one of the top one-two late-inning punches in all of baseball. In the process, he’s helped ease the transition in the bullpen as it regards the post-Rivera era, as well as moving on from David Robertson.

With a revamped bullpen led by Betances and Miller in addition to Alex Rodriguez’s resurgence at the plate this season, the Yanks are leading the AL East with a 44-38 record to begin July. In challenging the struggling Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners in their next three series starting Tuesday evening, the Yanks have a golden opportunity to broaden their lead on the Baltimore Orioles and take control of the division.

As long as they can consistently get leads into the latter innings, there’s no question Betances will play a crucial role in helping close the door. Any fan who follows baseball recognizes that Betances is as automatic as any late-inning reliever the sport has to offer.

TiqIQ: Old-Timers’ Day Tickets Averaging Close To $75, With $15 Get-In Price

This upcoming weekend features a circle-the-calendar event as the 69th annual Old-Timers’ Day will be held at Yankee Stadium. Ceremonies will be held prior to the Yankees-Detroit Tigers game at approximately 4:00 p.m., including Willie Randolph being honored with a Monument Park plaque.

For fans looking to attend the ceremony and celebration of Yankees history, there are multiple avenues to explore in trying to find the best deal for tickets.

Yankees Old-Timers’ Day tickets on the secondary market have an average price of $73.64 with a get-in price of $15, according to TiqIQ.com. It is the second-most expensive game of the series against the Detroit Tigers, as Sunday’s average ticket price is slightly higher at $74.38 with the same get-in price of $15.

But the best route might be using Yankees.com. From our price comparisons, the prices for tickets on Yankees.com are at times better than buying on the secondary market. For instance, a 100-level seat (Sec. 123, Row 21) on Yankees.com costs $300, while a seat in the same section and row on the secondary market comes out to $337. Additionally, a 300-level seat costing $100 on Yankees.com for Sec. 323, Row 3, costs $147 on the secondary market.

Another option is the Yankees ticket exchange, which is offering 10% off all tickets to college graduates and dads for Father’s Day weekend with promo code YankeesEmail10.

And it’s shaping up to be another great Yankees event. Yankee greats and Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Yogi Berra, Wade Boggs, Whitey Ford, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson and Joe Torre are scheduled to attend. David Cone, John Flaherty, Paul O’Neill, Bucky Dent, Cecil Fielder, Ron Guidry, Charlie Hayes, Don Larsen and many more will also be there to celebrate the new member of Monument Park.

Randolph was with the Yankees for 13 seasons and was a five-time American League All-Star. Randolph won back-to-back World Series with the Yankees in 1977 and 1978 and earned four more rings with the Yankees during his 11 seasons coaching.

TiqIQ: Yanks, Fish Meet This Week For First Time Since ‘09; Drawing High Ticket Prices

The New York Yankees and Miami Marlins are getting set for a very rare clash with one another when they collide this week in a home-and-home four-game series, beginning tonight. The first two games will be played in Miami at Marlins Park, while the latter two will take place at Yankee Stadium. This could be a critical set for both clubs, as the Yankees are trying to stay atop the AL East, while the Marlins are simply trying to work their way up from the cellar of the NL East.

That may be easier said than done with New York’s big boppers poised to make an impact as usual, but Miami has some lively bats of their own that can help propel them to an upset. Giancarlo Stanton will be making his much-anticipated Yankee Stadium debut in this series, already in the midst of a home run flurry while sitting on top of baseball with 23 home runs. The Yankees’ Mark Teixeira isn’t too far behind him, having 17 long balls, and he’ll combine with Alex Rodriguez and the rest of the Yankees’ potent offense to try and best Stanton and Co. in the power game, which could ultimately be the difference in who takes this series.

All of that power is one reason why Yankees tickets on TiqIQ spike considerably for the first pair of games, relative to the general lower cost of games at Marlins Park. In fact, the opener currently features an average ticket price of $165.62, with a get-in price of $45, while the second affair has an average ticket price of $151.73 and a get-in price of $51, according to TiqIQ. Without question, these are two of the highest-priced games in Miami all season, as a lot of Florida residents are Yankees fans.

When the series shifts to Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, June 17, the pricing isn’t as steep, as the Marlins are a drop from the usual competition that invades the Bronx. The average ticket price for the first game is currently only $68.74 on TiqIQ, whereas on Yankees.com fans can enjoy MasterCard preferred pricing for discounted tickets. The series finale, which features a Thurman Munson Bobblehead giveaway has an average ticket price of $103.42, with a $28 get-in on Yankees.com including fees. However, as good as those prices may seem, you might be able to get an even better deal through the Yankees Ticket Exchange, as they are offering 10 percent off in honor of Father’s Day and the graduating season for students until June 22.

Yankee fans certainly may have an interest in this series, being the first time the two teams have met since 2009, which, interestingly, was also the last time the Yankees won it all. In that series, though, it was the Marlins — who were still known as the Florida Marlins during that time — who emerged with a surprising 2-1 series victory. Six years later, the Yanks come down to Florida to return the favor, although both sides have had significant makeovers since they last saw each other, as one might expect.

On the surface, this looks like a tough matchup for Miami, as their starting pitching has mostly been suspect, and they’ll be opposing a lineup that ranks amongst the top teams in runs scored with 287. However, Stanton leads an offense that is far from paltry, as Miami has a solid 245 runs on the season, with an improved offense compared to recent years. Another big reason for that has been the emergence of infielder Dee Gordon, who leads all of baseball with a .354 batting average, not to mention while being second in steals with 22 stolen bases.

Miami should be behind the eight ball going into this clash, but regardless of who wins, this is one to cherish for both sides. Fans get to see major power go head-to-head in a series we haven’t seen for the better part of a decade. Considering the relatively solid pricing, fans are arguably getting a steal at both Marlins Park and Yankee Stadium when the two teams get together for this rare home-and-home meeting.

TiqIQ: Legends Suites Bring About Memorable Experiences At Yankee Stadium

The New York Yankees are in the process of picking back up that hot start to the 2015 MLB season. While they’ve added some digits to the loss column over the last few weeks, the Yanks still boast a strong offense that has helped them hold onto first place in the ultra-competitive AL East division (every team has at least 22 wins). For that to hold, New York’s pitching rotation will need to establish more stability and consistency.

To this point, the offense hasn’t been too much of a problem, as Alex Rodriguez, Jacob Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira have kept the Yankee offense going strong. The team has been especially successful at Yankee Stadium, where they’ve won 12 of 22 games. That appears to be where fans are getting the most bang for their buck and that happens even more when they take advantage of Legends Suites seating, which start at roughly $699, and can get up to $1,640, depending on the location.

With the absolute best seat in the house, fans can hang out in the Legends Suites to watch A-Rod and Co. pile on the runs at home. While offense and wins obviously push the value of those seating locations over the top, Legends Suites carry plenty of value on their own as well.

Basic secondary market New York Yankees tickets on TiqIQ average $105.97 for their next home series against the Los Angeles Angels ($21 to get in). For fans looking for the All-Star treatment during a home win, they won’t find a better experience than in the Legends.

Legends Suites are all about location, as fans can view the game through a floor-to-ceiling window or on one of the many HD televisions, as well as their field-level seats. The suites are complete with a large granite bar, all-inclusive top-end food and beverage of the highest quality, and elite service from the second you sit down until the game ends. Any set of Yankees tickets can end up being worth the price, but tickets in the Yankee Stadium Legends Suites in section 027A behind the visiting team dugout, which start at $699 including fees from the team directly, are worth it every single time, regardless of whether the Yanks win or lose.

Fans could be in for a great stretch when enjoying Legends Suites, as the next few series at Yankee Stadium either provide a beatable opponent or a killer matchup. The Angels represent the latter, featuring arguably the game’s best player Mike Trout, leading a legitimate AL contender. Then come the Washington Nationals with the brash and explosive Bryce Harper, followed by a slumping Miami Marlins team in mid-June, although they do possess baseball’s best home run hitter in Giancarlo Stanton. Then, it’s another intense showdown with the reigning AL Central champion Detroit Tigers in the Bronx. All things considered, Legends Suites, especially with New York’s upcoming matchups, could be worth the expense, especially if you like sushi, steak, lobster, or other amazing food, dessert, and drink options.

TiqIQ: Look Ahead: Royals, Yankees Prepare For Second Battle of AL Behemoths In Two Week Span

When the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals get together, it will mark the first confrontation between two of the American League’s elite clubs in Yankee Stadium following this past weekend’s three-game set at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. In fact, they own two of the best records in the league and sit atop their respective divisions in first place following the series in which the Royals took two of three from the Yanks.

As a result, it’s easy to figure that tickets for this upcoming three-game set at Yankee Stadium will be highly sought after, as this series looks like it will be the biggest test the Yankees have had through the first handful of weeks of the 2015 campaign.

When seeking out tickets for any games in this series, your best bet for the cheapest ticket prices will be from the Yankees, rather than dealing with the secondary market. Some seats even feature a significant margin between the two sources.

For instance, for the series finale on May 27, if you wanted to sit in the 200-level section, you could get tickets in section 215, row 11 from Yankees.com for $155, while seats in section 215, row 15 on the secondary market would cost you $266, which is a savings of over $100! There are similar differences for that same game, as seats in section 106, row 10 are priced at $110 through the Yankees, compared to $160 out on the secondary market for similar location in section 106, row 13. Again, that’s a monumental price margin.

Additionally, if you wanted to keep it simple and reside in the 400-level seats, you could get tickets for section 410, row 4 in the opener on May 25 for only $22 from the Yankees, while tickets for section 410, row 1 would cost you $29 from another seller.

Unsurprisingly, this trio of games might draw some of the biggest Yankee Stadium crowds of the year. New York is coming off their first back-to-back seasons of not making the playoffs for the first time since the mid-1990’s, so their strong start certainly has everyone in the organization, and the fans of course, rejuvenated and excited for what’s ahead.

The Royals have been just as terrific thus far, however, and will be game for the task of taking on another AL behemoth. They’ve received great play on both sides of the ball, having among the highest team batting average in all of baseball and one the AL’s best team ERA marks. They won the American League pennant last season before going down in the maximum seven games in the World Series, and up to this point, they’re proving it was no fluke whatsoever. This series could determine who the true superpower in the league is right now as we march closer towards June.

TiqIQ: ‘Bernie Williams Night’ Generating High Prices on Secondary Market

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.