Trying to score 'cheaper' All-Star tickets

MINNEAPOLIS - The All-Star Game and Home Run Derby could be the most expensive ticketed events in recent Minnesota history.

But for the cost conscious there is a bit of hope on the horizon as online ticket prices are starting to drop - at least a little. If you've held off on buying tickets to the All-Star Game or Home Run Derby until now, you're likely to get a better price than those who jumped on the "all-star bandwagon" early.

At Ticket King, an online seller headquartered in downtown Minneapolis "I haven't seen anything like this" said Executive Director of Business Operations Andrew Baydala, who added "All-Star weekend has been phenomenal here. Sales have been great!"

SeatGeek, a ticket search engine that tracks ticketing prices, reports to date fans have paid an average of $675 a ticket on the secondary market for All-Star Game tickets and $323 for Home Run Derby tickets. Those prices make them the most expensive events in Minnesota since SeatGeek began tracking ticket prices in 2009.

Baydala tells KARE11 "with the All-Star Game it's just been people want to go and they're paying. The primary market is completely sold out."

Before the the MLB All-Star Game, the most expensive ticket SeatGeek had recorded in the Twin Cities was $262 per ticket for game four of the Minnesota Wild's Western Conference semifinals against the Chicago Blackhawks.

But if you don't want to have to cash in your 401k or take out a second mortgage, take heart. The average price for a ticket to the MLB All-Star Game has dropped 22 percent in the last two weeks according to SeatGeek. So getting into Target Field, is taking a slow roll toward affordability. On Ticket Kings website, we found a few seats for $347 apiece, but take a tissue - you might get a nosebleed. If you want to sit in good seats it's still going to cost you a pretty penny.


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