There has been less fanfare surrounding Alex Rodriguez’ quest for 600 home runs, but fans have still spent plenty of money trying to see — or catch — the milestone, which was hit this afternoon.
Fans have spent at least $1.2 million more than they would have to see the Yankees during A-Rod’s run, which lasted 12 games from his No. 599 on July 22 to the first inning of today's game.
SeatGeek.com, which forecasts the price of sports tickets, started tracking the incremental spending on additional secondary market ticket volume, the price being paid above the average, as well as the estimated non-ticket ballpark revenues generated from the additional fans, on the July 22 game against the Royals when A-Rod hit No. 599.
The four-game series against the Royals was worth $649,809 in additional spending, according to SeatGeek.com Fans spent $171,596 more than they would have to see the Yankees in Cleveland from July 26-29. The Web site said that fans spent $378,458 more in Tampa Bay to see the Yankees for the three games from July 30-August 1.
SeatGeek.com’s data does not include the last two games, in which Rodriguez has went 0-for-8. Rodriguez went 46 at-bats since in between No. 599 and No. 600 meaning that he took the longest time to hit No. 600, as compared to the six players who have already accomplished the milestone.
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