June 8 Nats ticket prices zooming on secondary market
With tickets for June 8 still unavailable on the Nats' Web site, the secondary market is where all the action is. And the action is beginning to percolate, though we're still a week away from Stephen Strasburg's debut.
As I type this, StubHub is listing 3,207 tickets for the June 8 game -- about 7.6 percent of the total inventory for the Nats' 41,888-seat venue. When I first checked Tuesday morning, there were only around 2,500 listed tickets, meaning more than 700 additional tickets were dumped online in just a few hours.
The cheapest listed seats will run you about $60, and as of this morning the average price fans were paying was $74, according to a StubHub spokesman. This includes fans who purchased tickets for as little as $9 several months ago; at the top range, Presidential Seats have gone for as much as $500 thus far.
The average price for an average Nats game this season has been about $50 on StubHub, so this game is already running about 48 percent higher than normal, though that number isn't comparing identical seats. There also doesn't seem to be much uniformity of pricing. For example, seats in the right-field mezzanine -- which I believe would typically cost $30 for a game like this -- are running anywhere from $65 to the low triple-digits, with the majority in the $75-$90 range.
Some especially adventuresome types have listed seats for as much as $2,000, but none of those have sold. The game has already passed the once-rumored June 4 date for StubHub sales, and is now second for the season in Nats Park total dollar volume, behind only the opener.
And, of course, the date has only been official for about 18 hours as I type.
Meanwhile, the Nats sent e-mails to season ticket holders giving them the chance to buy extras for Strasburg's debut. A whole bunch of things have been said about the Nats ticket office in recent days, but it's hard to think of anything less than 100 percent positive to say about this move.
There's a four-ticket maximum for the offer, which begins Wednesday at 10 a.m. and continues through Thursday at 11:59 p.m.
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