SARASOTA, Fla. – Tickets for New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter’s final game at Yankee Stadium -- which happens to be on Sept. 25 against the Orioles -- have skyrocketed in the hours since Jeter announced Wednesday afternoon that 2014 would be his final season.
According to the ticket brokerage website TiqIQ.com, the average ticket price for Jeter's final home game was $1,153 at 6 p.m. Wednesday, which is a 358 percent increase percent higher than the $304 average price at the time of Jeter’s announcement about four hours earlier.
When Jeter made the announcement, a ticket could be puchased for as low as $37. Just before 7 p.m. Wednesday the cheapest ticket available on TiqIQ.com was $296 for left-field bleacher seats.
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The sudden spike was caused by a combination of sudden demand for the tickets and brokers pulling their listings to raise prices.
Jeter’s announcement even caused a glitch on the TiqIQ website when fans couldn’t buy tickets for the game because brokers were pulling their listings off to re-price their tickets.
Since fracturing his left ankle in the 2012 postseason, Jeter has played in just 17 games because of recovery from surgery to repair the ankle and right thigh injuries.