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Ticket prices soar for Boss-Sheppard tribute game

GEORGE STEINBRENNER, Ohio State Before coming the bigger-than-life

GEORGE STEINBRENNER, Ohio State
Before coming the bigger-than-life owner of the Yankees, George M. Steinbrenner III was a success in the shipping industry. Photo Credit: Newsday / Paul J. Bereswill

Asking prices for tonight's Rays-Yankees game - the Yankees' first since the death of owner George Steinbrenner on Tuesday - have skyrocketed, according to the ticket search engine FanSnap.com.

Through Wednesday, prices had more than doubled during the week, rising from $78 Monday to $86 Tuesday, then to $160 Wednesday.

At the same time, ticket availability has plummeted by 60 percent for the game.

Average prices for tomorrow's Old-Timers' Day also have risen, and asking prices for all remaining Yankees home games are up by an average of almost 10 percent since Steinbrenner's death.

A FanSnap spokesman said prices for tonight's game began to rise after the death of Bob Sheppard on Sunday, then rose more quickly in the wake of the Steinbrenner news.

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