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The “get-in” price for the cheapest available ticket for the Phillies’ home opener against the Atlanta Braves on March 28 jumped to $117 on Friday, hours after Harper reportedly agreed to a 13-year deal worth a record $330 million, according to secondary market platform TickPick. The jump marked a 166 percent increase compared to the price before Harper’s signing, when the cheapest available ticket could be purchased for just $44.
“Unlike the NBA, which is uniquely superstar driven, Major League Baseball’s ticket prices are more team-centric. We generally see ticket prices fluctuate based on team success and not player acquisition,” Jack Slingland, TickPick’s director of client relations, told FOX Business. “Bryce Harper is one of those multi-generational players, with a unique star power that drives ticket sales.”
Tickets to the Phillies’ home opener have an average listing price of $221 on the platform. Overall, average listing prices for Phillies tickets across the board have risen 8 percent since yesterday, according to TickPick.
The Phillies are expected to formally announce Harper’s signing on Saturday, USA Today reported. His $330 million contract set a new overall record for Major League Baseball, surpassing Giancarlo Stanton’s $325 million deal with the Miami Marlins in 2014 and Manny Machado’s $300 million with the San Diego Padres earlier this offseason.
“Even with the Manny Machado signing, we didn’t see much movement. Given that Harper has been a media darling since his high school days, interest has ballooned. Harper has made the Phillies one of the hottest tickets in all of baseball,” Slingland added.