Phillies Opening Day ticket prices double after Bryce Harper signing

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ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 16: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals is greeted with high fives by teammates after hitting a two run home run in the first inning agains the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on September 16, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Kelly Kline/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 16: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals is greeted with high fives by teammates after hitting a two run home run in the first inning agains the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on September 16, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Kelly Kline/Getty Images) /
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After signing Bryce Harper, demand has dramatically risen for Phillies tickets with the price for Opening Day doubling in just over an hour.

To say Phillies fans are excited about signing Bryce Harper is an understatement. Social media exploded Thursday afternoon once news broke that Harper agreed to a 13-year, $330 million deal with the team. The team has officially become the talk of the town with the championship window swinging wide open.

Fans are anxious to get tickets to see the new-look Phillies, and it has shown in tickets prices. Opening Day tickets on Vivid Seats, FanSided’s official ticket partner, doubled in price in just under an hour, going from $48 at 2:45 PM EST to $87 at 4:00 PM EST. They are still hovering around that price for upper-level seats as of when this article was published.

Tickets are similarly high on other resale sites. You won’t get them from the team either; Opening Day tickets from the club are sold out, so you’ll have to get them on the resale market.

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The team already showed they were pushing for a playoff spot with the additions of Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen, David Robertson, and others this offseason. With Harper, they are gearing up to not only make the playoffs but make some noise once they get there. Fans want to bear witness to the first of what could be many great seasons to come.

From 2008 to 2012, the team’s average attendance per season was 3,609,407. The most came in 2012 with 3,777,322 fans showing up to watch the team spearheaded by newly-acquired ace Roy Halladay. Altogether, the team had an attendance of more than 18 million during that span. When the team is at its peak, fans show up in droves.

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Last year, attendance was at 2,158,124, better than the previous seasons but still nowhere close to its peak. With Harper now in red pinstripes, more and more fans will come to see the team, and the ticket prices reflect that.

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