Rivalries have always played a huge role in sports and we all know the fun in rooting against a team we hate. In the past, rivals have been compared in a number of ways, from who has the best current team to who has won the most championships to who has the best fans. We at SeakGeek thought it would be interesting to compare rivals based on ticket data on the secondary ticket market, which we have found to be a great judge of fan sentiment.  Today, we will be looking at the rivalry between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies.

The first graph shows the average ticket price per month for February through June.

  • Average Phillies ticket prices stay fairly constant though they do drop off in June. This could be due to their poorer play during June (played just .500 in June as opposed to .560 in April and May).
  • Average Mets ticket prices fluctuate much more, with a high in May of $85.64 and a low in June of $63.71.
  • Average Mets ticket prices are higher than the Phillies every month.

We also thought it would be interesting to plot how average percent of face value per month differs between the teams.

Avg. % of Face Value/Month

  • The average percent of face value from February through June is 251% for the Phillies and 138% for the Mets.
  • Phillies average percent of face value is higher than the Mets for every month.

It’s very interesting that the Mets have the higher average secondary market prices and Phillies fans pay a higher percent of face value. Finally, we thought it would be interesting to track the ticket price changes as a percentage change over time – with February as our base month.

Change in Avg. Ticket Price/Month Comparison

This allows us to compare consumer sentiment fluctuations across different teams on the same scale. For a more simple example, lets look at two teams; Team A and Team B. In February, Team A’s tickets are $5 and Team B’s tickets are $30. In June Team A”s tickets are $10 and Team B’s tickets are $20. That means Team A experienced a 100% increase in ticket prices and Team B experienced a 33.3% decrease in ticket prices. Therefore:

  • New York Mets tickets purchased in June are 22% below the price of tickets in February
  • Philadelphia Phillies tickets purchased in June are 14% below the price of tickets in February

We will keep you updated. We plan on updating these plots monthly, in addition to looking at other rivalries. Stay tuned.

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