Dickey’s Impact On 2012 Ticket PricesAugust 8, 2012
RA Dickey may be one of the most unorthodox pitchers in baseball, but there is no denying his dominance this season. Although the Mets continue to unravel, the crafty 37-year-old still offers consistency atop the rotation. Though his numbers have slipped since the All-Star break, he still leads the team with a 14-2 record. He also ranks second in the National League with 123 strikeouts in 146 innings, holding opposing players to a .222 average in 22 starts. At SeatGeek, an online ticket search engine, we wanted to see how Dickey’s presence has impacted Mets ticket prices. By comprehensively tracking ticketing data from the entire season thus far, we were able to uncover this and other interesting information about Dickey’s influence across the secondary market.
Below is a summary of our findings:
The average ticket to a 2012 New York Mets home game on the secondary market through the first 2/3 of the season is $71.79. This is 17% more than last year’s $61.42 average ticket price during the same period. The $71.79 average is also over $10 or 18% more than the $59.41 average secondary market ticket price for all remaining MLB games this season.
In Dickey’s 11 home starts this season, tickets are averaging $79.21 on secondary market sites. From April 7 to May 17, the knuckleballer started four home games, which averaged just $58.86—well below the team’s season ticket price average. Since his May 27th start against the San Diego Padres, however, prices have soared to $88.26. This 50% spike in just over two months is likely related to Dickey’s dominance leading up to the All-Star Break. RA went 5-0 during this stretch, fanning 62 in 53.1 innings, bringing his season ERA down to 2.40.
The most expensive game RA Dickey threw at home this season was against the New York Yankees on June 24th. The game pit the Mets ace against CC Sabathia, and fans responded by shelling out an average of $126.85 to see the matchup, making it the priciest home game on the team’s schedule this year with the exception of Opening Day. It is also the most expensive since May 22, 2010 when tickets to see the Mets at home against the Yankees averaged $136.08.
Interestingly, tickets to see fellow Mets starter and former ace Johan Santana are the lowest among all pitchers in the team’s shorthanded rotation. Despite throwing a perfect game this season and posting a winning record at Citi Field, his presence has not had a significant impact on average ticket prices. In fact, when he takes the mound, tickets sell for an average of $56.81 on the secondary market. This is 26% lower than the Mets season ticket average and 39% less than what fans pay when RA Dickey starts.
On another Dickey-unrelated note, the New York Mets also have the highest average home ticket prices in the National League East, which may surprise many considering the team ranks 16th in the majors in fan attendance. However, New York’s $71.79 ticket price average is 30% higher than that of the Philadelphia Phillies and 130% more than what tickets for Marlins games average.
Here is a breakdown of average home game ticket prices across the NL East:
|Team||Average Home Game Ticket Price|
|New York Mets||$71.79|