Ticket prices down for Jets and Giants on secondary market

Courtesy of the New York Post:

With the season kicking off next week, Big Apple football fans seem energized by their teams’ hotshot first-round draft picks — but not enough to open their wallets.

Jets secondary-market ticket prices are among the lowest in the league — $163 per ducat, or 24th lowest out of 32 teams — and the cheapest they’ve been in a decade, despite Golden Boy quarterback Sam Darnold bringing new hope to Gang Green, according to TicketIQ.com.

The Giants — who drafted game-breaking Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and just signed all-world wide receiver Odell Beckham to a long-term deal — average $235 per ticket, or 11th in the league. And that’s down 9 percent from last year’s secondary-market price average.

Fans are not shuffling off to Buffalo, where the Bills tickets are cheapest ($102) in the NFL. Scalping tickets for 5-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will cost you a league-high average of $501.

“Jets fans are taking a wait-and-see approach before driving up prices,” said Jesse Lawrence, founder of TicketIQ, adding, a “big opening game by Darnold” in Detroit on Monday Night Football Sept. 9 could move the needle.

The Jets declined comment on ticket sales, but a person familiar with sales claims they’ve sold eight times the amount of new season tickets this year versus 2017.

The Giants finished 3-13 in 2017 and the asking price for secondary tickets are down 9 percent from last year, but single-game tickets “are already tough to come by on the primary market, with the lower bowl at MetLife Stadium sold out for nearly every game,” TicketIQ notes.

The average ticket price on the secondary market for Sunday’s home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium is $291.

John Gorman, the Giants director of ticketing, said new coach Pat Shurmur, the apparent rebirth of Eli Manning, re-signing of Beckham and addition of Barkley gets fans revved up but didn’t impact sales because the team is at “98 percent capacity” for seasons tickets.