KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The high level of anticipation for the 2016 New York baseball season comes at a price.
According to TiqIQ.com, which monitors the secondary ticket market, the average asking price for Mets home games this season as of Friday was $107.87, up 3.26 percent from this time last year and up from $83.63 in 2012. It is the fifth-highest average in the major leagues.
The three most expensive games at Citi Field this season are $296.34 for the Mike Piazza number retirement on July 30, $288.27 for the home opener on April 8 and $236.38 for a game against the Yankees on Aug. 2.
The Yankees’ average home ticket asking price as of Friday, according to TiqIQ, was $109.36, up 7.84 percent from this time last year and up from $90.12 in 2012. It is the fourth-highest average in majors.
The three most expensive games at Yankee Stadium this season are $215.07 for a day honoring Mariano Rivera on Aug. 14, $180.34 for Opening Day and $177.71 for a game against the Mets on Aug. 4.
The only teams with average asking prices on the secondary market higher than the Yankees and Mets are the Cubs ($146.60), Red Sox ($128.10) and Tigers ($118.84). The Rockies are the least expensive at $57.67.