Royals Find Conflicting Ticket Demand for Home Opener Vs Mets, Return to New York in May
It took 30 years for the Royals to bring a World Series title back to Kansas City, and how sweet it was to capture it in New York City, The Capital of the World.
Aided by an endless cast of offensive talent, the Royals defeated the New York Mets in a five-game series that culminated at Citi Field in Flushing. Coincidentally, the 2016 MLB schedule has penned a Royals-Mets rematch in Kansas City to open the season in April.
While the April 3 home opener is easily the most expensive home game of the season at Kauffman Stadium on the secondary market, the defending World Series champs are finding relatively small ticket demand when they make their lone trip to New York this season to face the Yankees in May.
According to secondary market ticket data,the average price for Royals Opening Day tickets is now $420.31. That is 387% more expensive than the season average of $86.36 across all 81 games at Kauffman Stadium in 2016. The cheapest Opening Day ticket is currently listed for $202.
Those exorbitant prices won’t haunt Yankee Stadium when the Royals head to New York the following month, however. With the Yankees set to host four games against the Royals between May 9 and 12 the average price for tickets is just $78.22. The cheapest get-in price can be found for as low as $10 across the four-game series.
The Royals won’t be taking on their World Series opponent at the site where they lifted the Commissioner’s Trophy, but fans should still be encouraged to make the road trip and take advantage of the relatively cheap ticket prices for the four-game series with the Yankees.
The Royals enter the 2016 season with a significant facelift after watching several key players sign elsewhere during the Winter Meetings earlier this month. Perhaps the biggest departures will be starting pitcher Johnny Cueto and utility man Ben Zobrist, who now set to suit up for the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs, respectively. The loss of Cueto will be difficult to bandage overnight, though there is plenty of faith that the Royals will keep the ship afloat in their voyage back to baseball’s biggest stage this fall.
Fans looking to relive the Royals’ title run may not have the opportunity to bask in the glory at Citi Field during the regular season, but a trip to New York in May will offer both affordable ticket prices and hotel arrangements.
Of course, there’s always potential for a World Series rematch come October.
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