Strasburg first start is essentially sold out
There are still a few tickets left for the June 8 scheduled Stephen Strasburg debut as part of season-ticket and flex packages, but the game is essentially a sellout at this point, according to Stan Kasten. Season-ticket holders were told on Tuesday they'd have first-come first-served crack at four Strasburg tickets apiece starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, but by 11:41, they were e-mailed an alert that those tickets had sold out.
So that takes us to the secondary market. FanSnap, a ticket search engine that surveys about 60 sites, reports that June 8 tickets were averaging $38.30 in mid-May. That number increased to $70.40 on Monday, $109.73 on Tuesday, and back down to $102.13 on Wednesday.
The lowest priced tickets went from $11.85 in mid-May to $17.85 on Monday to $45.10 on Tuesday and back down to around $32 today.
Tickets to the White Sox series later this month are averaging about $60. In general, according to FanSnap Nats, home tickets average $53 this season.
Meanwhile, tickets for that June 4 game against the Reds? People can't get rid of 'em quick enough. StubHub is currently listing 217 June 4 tickets for $3 or less. For a lovely Friday night game featuring a .500 home team and a first-place road team in the first week of June? Come on, people, buy up those $1 seats; there are more than 3,100 total seats available. (That's nearly as many as for the Strasburg debut date, for which StubHub has 3,975 tickets available, a full 9.5 percent of Nats Park inventory.)
At some point, the key part is enticing all these visiting hordes to come back, and MASN's Bob Carpenter gave it a stab during the middle of Tuesday night's broadcast.
"I do know that we will have folks in our ballpark Tuesday night who maybe haven't been there this year. Maybe they don't have plans of coming back. I hope they do, and I hope the excitement they see on Tuesday night makes them a Nationals fan, not just a Stephen Strasburg fan. I mean, everybody wants to see him pitch, but I hope our fans who haven't been to the park become Nationals fans and they want to come back, because this team has some outstanding players on it who play really good baseball....
I was in St. Louis in '98. There were people who came to the ballpark who didn't care if the Cardinals won or not. All they wanted to see was a home run by Mark McGwire. Were they Cardinal fans, were they baseball fans or were they home run fans? And I'm looking forward to Tuesday night, because any way we can get fans into the ballpark I think is a great thing, and hopefully they'll see something that wants to make them come back. But it's going to be a different kind of night Tuesday, and I'm not sure if we'll all totally be ready for everything we're going to see and hear at Nationals Park on Tuesday. And I think one way or the other, it's going to be very exciting."
GM Mike Rizzo was asked about the buzz in D.C. during a Wednesday morning appearance on Sirius XM's MLB Network Radio.
"I've been doing this stuff for 28 years," Rizzo said. "I've never seen a player with the hype and excitement of getting to the Major Leagues as I have with this guy. So the hype and the excitement and the buzz around town is great....With a farm system we think is on the come, we see great things, and so does the fan base of Washington, D.C."
(Wednesday Wash Post ad image via @Kevin_Reiss)
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