Thousands of tickets listed on resale sites – CBS Denver
DENVER (CBS4)– Psst. Looking for tickets to the MLB All-Star Game or the sold-out Home Run Derby in Denver next week? If so, you don’t really need to talk to a shady character who whispers “Psst” in your ear.
“I would say this is a more affordable All-Star game than what you typically get,” said Adam Budelli, head of partnerships for online ticketing site Stubhub.
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While flagship events have been sold out for some time, online ticket markets have a strong inventory, with Stubhub having around 4,300 tickets for sale for the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby. On Thursday, All-Star Game tickets were available for as low as $ 160, while Home Run Derby tickets could be purchased for $ 130.
Budelli said resale ticket prices have come down in recent weeks, but are expected to rebound as games get closer.
“The value is there,” Budelli said. “I wouldn’t wait any longer. The prices here today may not stay very long.
CBS4 has found many resale websites listing All-Star Game tickets for under $ 200 and Monday Night Home Run Derby tickets for as low as $ 125.
On Stubhub Thursday night, CBS4 spotted top tier seats for $ 173 and dozens of other listings for $ 200 or less for the All-Star Game. Upper tier seats for the Tuesday Home Run Derby cost between $ 110 and $ 140.
Stephen Spiewak, who works for Vivid Seats, an online ticket marketplace, said: “There seems to be a lot of tickets available. I think these are reasonable prices for MLB All-Star games. “
He said current prices were lower than the last two All-Star games.
Spiewak and Budelli have proposed a number of theories.
One is COVID-19. Budelli said All-Star games typically attract baseball fans from other states, but due to the pandemic, some fans are likely staying home.
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“They can take a year off due to the pandemic, which is why the ‘entry’ price is a bit lower. It is difficult to say currently the number of travel enthusiasts interested in the region. country or even regionally.
Another is the woes of the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies’ poor season resulted in only one pitcher appearing in the all-star game and one player in the home run derby.
“So if the Rockies won,” Spiewak said, “and had more players, you might see higher prices. The involvement of the Great Rockies in All-Star activities would likely spark local interest throughout. the All-Star weekend. ”
Budelli said: “There is a chance with three or four players that you will have more demand.”
Another is the subscription holders. If Rocky Mountain season ticket holders wanted tickets to any of the Coors Field events, they had to purchase a three-event package or a “strip” of tickets.
“You have a lot of season ticket holders who go to an event and sell the rest to get money,” Budelli said.
Budelli said the average price for All-Star Game tickets sold through Stubhub was $ 516 and the Home Run Derby was $ 380. Spiewak said the average price for an All-Star Game ticket sold on his company’s site was $ 421 Thursday afternoon.
But the market is dynamic and constantly changing. Hours after CBS4 interviewed Budelli and Spiewak on Thursday afternoon, prices started to climb.
“Demand,” Budelli predicted, “is changing very quickly. Demand will increase as the weekend approaches.
Both men said fans who find tickets they like at a price they deem acceptable shouldn’t bet on a potential price drop.
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“If you have a seat that you want to be in,” said Budelli, “and it’s available, go ahead and buy it now.”