As Aaron Judge Chases Yankees’ Home-Run Record, Outfield Seat Prices Skyrocket

As Aaron Judge chases the Yankees’ record for home runs hit in a single season, prices for the outfield seats that offer the hope of nabbing a historic ball have skyrocketed.

With the New York Yankees set to host a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox tonight through Sunday, tickets behind the left- and right-field fences are virtually sold out on the Yankees’ website, while tickets for sale on reselling marketplaces are listed for several hundreds of dollars.

One pair of tickets in the first row of Section 104 in right field sold for $1,132, according to SeatGeek, a New York-based marketplace where consumers can buy and sell tickets for sporting events and other live events. The most expensive outfield ticket listed as of Thursday for tonight’s game is more than $500 just over the right-field fence in Section 103, according to Vivid Seats,

another ticket marketplace.

The Yankees outfielder sits at 60 home runs on the season. Roger Maris set the current Yankees franchise record for home runs in the season in 1961 with 61.

Judge, a right-handed hitter, has hit more home runs to left field than other areas of the ballpark.

Aaron Judge home runs,

2022 MLB Season

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Aaron Judge home runs, 2022 MLB season

Aaron Judge home runs, 2022 MLB season

Judge has pulled 48% of his home runs this year—29 went to left field, 15 straightaway and 16 to right field. By comparison, Kyle Schwarber, who has hit 40 home runs this year, has pulled 45% of his homers. Paul Goldschmidt, who has hit 35 home runs, a whopping 57%.

But Judge has hit 32% of his balls to center and 21% toward right field. At Yankee Stadium, center field is occupied by the bullpens and Pepsi Lounge, where no seats are available for purchase.

Tickets behind the left- and right-field fences at Yankee Stadium are virtually sold out on the Yankees’ website.


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Since Tuesday, when Judge hit his 60th home run of the year, the average sale price for outfield tickets to the Red Sox series at Yankee Stadium is $197 on the secondary market, up from $72 this year, according to SeatGeek.

Average price of Yankee Stadium outfield

tickets sold on the secondary market

Since Tuesday for games

vs. Red Sox, Sept. 22 to 25

Field level, left field $294

Through Tuesday, when

Judge hit number 60

Average price of Yankee Stadium outfield

tickets sold on the secondary market

Since Tuesday for games

vs. Red Sox, Sept. 22 to 25

field level,

left field $294

Through Tuesday, when

Judge hit number 60

Average price of Yankee Stadium

outfield tickets sold on the

secondary market

Since Tuesday for games

vs. Red Sox, Sept. 22 to 25

field level,

left field $294

Through Tuesday, when

Judge hit number 60

Average price of Yankee Stadium outfield tickets

sold on the secondary market

Since Tuesday for games

vs. Red Sox, Sept. 22 to 25

field level,

left field $294

through tuesday,

when Judge hit

number 60

Average price of Yankee Stadium outfield

tickets sold on the secondary market

Since Tuesday for games

vs. Red Sox, Sept. 22 to 25

Field level, left field

$294

through tuesday,

when Judge hit

number 60

The ticket prices are on par with other events in the city this weekend, such as a three-day pass for the 2022 Rolling Loud festival at Citi Field in Queens and the New Order and Pet Shop Boys concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, according to Vivid Seats.

Tickets available for seats in other parts of the stadium for tonight’s game run as low as $49 a piece at Yankees.com.

Judge hit his 60th home run Tuesday in the ninth inning of their win, tying Babe Ruth’s record. That set off a scramble in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium, where 20-year-old Michael Kessler, a student at City College of New York, ended up with the ball.

“We were standing on top of the bleachers and then went down for his at-bat,” Kessler told reporters. “We were jumping up and down because I knew it was a home run. It hit the top of the bleachers and then bounced toward our section. I just went to grab it and bear hugged it.”

He agreed to exchange the ball for a clubhouse meet-and-greet with Judge, four autographed baseballs and a signed game bat (not the one Judge used to hit the homer), according to MLB.com.

Judge’s current pace is to hit 65 as of yesterday, according to Major League Baseball.

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