Thursday, August 6, 2015

After Hauling In Cueto And Zobrist, Royals Poised For Big August En Route To Postseason

Posted By on Thu, Aug 6, 2015 at 5:02 PM

The Kansas City Royals were picked by many to be a World Series contender before the 2015 MLB season started, and here they are past the midway point, with the second best record in baseball, not to mention while towering over the rest of the American League. The Royals have impressively won 63 games and taken complete command of the AL Central (next closest team is 9.5 games back), even despite not having injured Alex Gordon for the past month, but a balanced attack on both sides of the ball has paced them to their notable success.

With ace pitcher Johnny Cueto and utility man Ben Zobrist added to the mix at the trade deadline, the Royals just might be on their way to finish what they started a season ago, when they painfully came up just one game short in the World Series. As tremendous as KC’s 2015 run has been, however, fans are still getting ridiculous value when it comes to Kansas City Royals tickets. Looking at the rest of the regular season schedule, fans have to pay barely over $62 on average, which has to be surprising for one of the better fanbases in the game today.

The value can really be seen this month, when just five games top $98 and zero games top $122 on average. To get a better idea of the value KC fans are enjoying, let’s take a look at the cheapest and most expensive Royals games in August:

Cheapest - 8/18/2015 @ Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park | Avg: $32 | Get-in: $3

Kansas City Royals tickets are at their cheapest when they visit the Reds on August 18, when fans can get in for as little as $3. That’s not even value - that’s a steal, as this is an extremely rare Interleague matchup. Cincinnati isn’t a playoff contender, but they pack a serious punch with plenty of legitimate power, boasting the likes of Todd Frazier, Joey Votto, and Jay Bruce. That’s why tickets to see the Reds usually offer great value. This particular game could especially clock in as the steal of the year if Cueto, who led Cincinnati’s pitching rotation for so many years, is given the assignment to toe the rubber in this one. It should be an emotional return to Cincy for the star pitcher, even if he doesn’t start in this series.

Most Expensive - 8/15/2015 VS. Los Angeles Angels at Kauffman Stadium | Avg: $109.27 | Get-in: $25

Kansas City’s actual “priciest” game comes at Tropicana Field on August 30 against the Rays ($121.16 on average, $15 to get in), but nothing screams value like their August 15 date with the Angels at home. Mike Trout and Co. march into Kauffman Stadium and Royals tickets still barely top $109 on average, with the cheap seats also being a respectable $25. It’s tough to find better value than this, even with the ticket price being a tad steep. The Angels have one of the more powerful offensive squads in baseball and figure to be quite the challenge. They’ll also be out for revenge, after getting swept in an earlier series opposite Kansas City. Oh, and let’s not forget it was the Royals who swept them out of the ALDS a season ago on their way to the World Series. A rivalry could be building here between these two top AL contenders.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Most Expensive Royals Tickets For Remainder Of Season Are Against Indians, Red Sox

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 2:01 PM

The Kansas City Royals realize that the time is now. The window to win a championship only lasts so long, as their young talent is on the verge of getting paydays around the league and quite frankly, they can’t pay everyone. After losing Game 7 in last year’s World Series to the San Francisco Giants, the organization realizes this team is their best chance to get back to the World Series in that window.

The Royals proved they’re all-in by acquiring All-Star pitcher Johnny Cueto from the Cincinnati Reds. Cueto has accumulated a 7-6 record with a 2.62 ERA and an outstanding 0.93 WHIP thus far this season, and gives the Royals a legitimate No. 1 starter in their already strong rotation. Cueto was also tremendous last year, when he would have won the NL Cy Young award had Clayton Kershaw not had an inhuman-like season. As complete a team as any, it may have been the one piece the Royals were missing to have the most complete roster in baseball. Cueto’s WHIP is the fourth-best the game and he ranks in the top-15 in all of baseball in ERA, while also posting his usual high number of strikeouts.

Kansas City (61-38) is in first place of the American League Central division, nine games above the Minnesota Twins. All signs are pointing towards another furious postseason run, but first they must finish their remaining games on the schedule. With secondary market ticket information provided by TiqIQ.com, below are the most expensive regular season Royals tickets for the remainder of the season.

9/26/2015 | Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians | Kauffman Stadium | Average Price: $134.15 | Get-in Price: $25 | Knit Cap Giveaway | Fan Appreciation Night

9/27/2015 | Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians | Kauffman Stadium | Average Price: $129.26 | Get-in Price: $17 | Team Photograph Giveaway


The Royals are hosting a fan appreciation night on the second-to-last home game of the regular season against the Cleveland Indians on a Saturday night. It’ll be a celebration for another strong team heading to the postseason, and possibly the last time fans will be able to see the team before Royals ticket prices skyrocket for the playoffs. On the last home game of the regular season, fans will receive a team photograph upon entrance to the stadium, where they can see the Royals play for a get-in price of just $17. That’s an absolute bargain, being able to catch KC before they embark on October baseball.

8/22/2015 | Boston Red Sox vs. Kansas City Royals | Fenway Park | Average Price: $115.82 | Get-in Price: $20

Hotels near Fenway Park can be booked through Hipmunk.com for Royals fans near the Boston area looking to attend a game. With a get-in price of only $20, enjoying one of the richest parks in baseball history and a potential Royals win is value through and through. The Red Sox have struggled mightily this season and continue to do so, as they find themselves in last-place of the American League East division.

8/30/2015 | Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals | Tropicana Field | Average Price: $113.08 | Get-in Price: $15 | Kids Drawstring Bag Giveaway

A Florida baseball getaway can be put together in a few minutes through Hipmunk, which offers flights to Tampa provided by most major airline carriers. The Rays started strong this season and then faded over an extensive stretch, but are in the process of grinding back to where they once were. While they may not catch up to the Yankees again for first in the division, they did just get back to .500, and if they’re still in contention for a Wild Card berth at the end of August, this could be an important and competitive series at The Trop.

Friday, July 17, 2015

WWE Raw Tickets At Sprint Center Are Averaging $269 On Secondary Market

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 5:02 PM

WWE Raw will be coming to the Sprint Center on Monday night. It will be just one night after WWE puts on their Battleground pay-per-view event at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center. With RAW being held following a pay-per-view and starting the road towards WWE’s second-biggest pay-per-view of the year, there are big things expected to go down in Kansas City. However, ticket prices are still relatively cheap on the secondary market.

According to TiqIQ, the current average price for WWE RAW tickets is $71.06 with a get-in price of $25. That is less than half the price of WWE Battleground tickets on the secondary market in St. Louis. The current average is $149.56 with a get-in price of $39. Current WWE World Heavyweight champion Seth Rollins and Sunday’s challenger Brock Lesnar are both scheduled to appear on RAW. There have also been some local advertisements that have hinted at a return of The Undertaker.

Not only will there be fallout from Battleground, the buildup for SummerSlam is likely to begin in Kansas City. SummerSlam is typically the WWE’s second biggest event of the year after WrestleMania. This year the event will be held on the East Coast, specifically Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. With a return to the East Coast after multiple years behind held at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, there has been significant demand for the event. SummerSlam tickets on the secondary market currently have an average price of $268.90 and a get-in price of $133.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals, IfOnly Partner Up For Unique Experiences Comprised Of Ultimate Fan Participation

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 11:08 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals are one of the oldest and most storied franchises in Major League Baseball. Their 11 World Series titles are more than any other National League team, and second only to the New York Yankees for the all-time lead.

Redbird teams over the years have featured outstanding pitchers such as Bob Gibson, Cy Young, Dizzy Dean, Bruce Sutter and Joaquin Andujar. They also have had pitchers with colorful nicknames like Al "The Mad Hungarian" Hrabosky, "Wild Bill" Hallahan, Mordecai "Three Fingers" Brown and Bill "Spittin’ Bull" Doak.

Now, one lucky baseball fan can win the opportunity to stand on the same mound at Busch Stadium as famous Cardinal hurlers of recent times like Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright, and throw out the first pitch when St. Louis hosts the San Francisco Giants on Monday, August 17. The experience is available via IfOnly.com, an online charitable platform.

Prior to throwing out the first pitch, the fan and a guest will be allowed on the field during batting practice to watch the Cardinals as they get ready for the Giants. This sports package, which also includes two prime seats to the game, can be purchased for $4,500 per person.

Concurrently, IfOnly has another Cardinals experience consisting of field access during batting practice and two prime tickets to the Giants-Cardinals game on August 17. That package can be purchased for only $500 per person.

Proceeds from both experiences will benefit The Snow Foundation, a charity established by former Major League first baseman and six-time Gold Glove winner J.T. Snow. The Snow Foundation raises money for awareness of Wolfram syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.

Now in its fourth year, IfOnly is an online platform that offers exclusive experiences such as these sports gifts to people who are passionate about music, sports, entertainment and travel, with the proceeds being donated to charitable causes.

Other unique experiences offered to date by IfOnly include a tailgate party with San Diego Chargers players, plus field passes and game tickets for four; roundtrip airfare and VIP passes to the Gentleman of the Road Festival featuring Mumford & Sons in Washington; a new 2015 Chevrolet Camaro plus the opportunity to race in a Sprint Cup NASCAR stock car; a one-night stay at Disneyland and four tickets to the park after hours when it's closed to the general public; and an opportunity to ride on the Goodyear Blimp!

In addition to the packages and experience gifts available on its site, IfOnly gives members the opportunity to customize their own experiences.

Monday, July 13, 2015

United States Men’s National Soccer Team Enters Final Gold Cup Group Play Match

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 3:04 PM

With a berth in the Group A quarterfinals already secured, some are concerned the United States men’s national soccer team will have little to play for when they take the field against Panama on Monday at Sporting Park in Kansas City in their final outing in group play of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

Or maybe that won’t be the case after all. Following victories over Honduras and Haiti, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann is still tinkering with his lineup in hopes of finding the perfect balance. Between their opening win and game two triumph, Klinsmann made seven lineup changes and that could only help to fuel the team as they prepare to make a deep run. They’ll be taking on a scrappy Panama squad that is desperate for a result in order to advance to the knockout round, so this could also serve as a useful tune-up match. In any event, secondary market Gold Cup tickets are still drawing much activity, as fans hope the U.S. can continue its momentum from the World Cup a year ago.

Average ticket prices for this contest are clocking in at $189.92, with a get-in of $52. Fans wanting to catch the U.S. soccer team before they move on to the next round can get to Sporting Park with Hipmunk.com’s affordable Kansas City flights, as they have a wide variety of options. In addition, Hipmunk also features cheap Kansas City hotel listings starting from $69, for those interested in making it a soccer vacation.

“We had the privilege to make a lot of changes and give almost everybody the experience,” Klinsmann told USSoccer.com. “Now we also have a privilege to handle the third match the way we want to from a coach’s perspective because we already won the group. It’s very nice and a compliment to the team, but it was a lot of work as you saw.”

No matter the approach, veteran forward Gyasi Zardes figures to be right in the middle of things,as sparked by the team’s newly installed 4-2-3-1 formation. After struggling mightily against Haiti in the first half, Klinsmann turned to both at halftime and each of them instantly paid dividends. The 23-year-old speed demon set up the game's only goal on a pullback to Clint Dempsey (third strike of the tournament) in the 47th minute, and the change in play made it much easier for the Americans to combat Haiti's pressing style.

"Gyasi has the special talent to take people on,” Klinsmann raved after the pivotal victory. “He has a lot of talent and a lot of potential. We just want to tell him every day, 'One step at a time.' It's a real joy to work with him."

As much as it’s about going forward, Monday's tilt is also steeped in storied history. Team USA knocked off Panama, 1-0, in the 2013 Gold Cup Final, and again in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying circle when the Americans overcame a 2-1 deficit at the 90-minute mark by netting a pair of goals during stoppage time to garner a 3-2 win. That result also eliminated Panama from World Cup contention on their home turf.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Kansas City Royals Face AL-Best Houston Astros As Season Turns To July

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 4:56 PM

There’s been a lot of commotion about the American League All-Star voting in recent weeks, due to the fact that the Kansas City Royals, at one point, were slated to hold eight of the nine starting positions. The voting has finally evened out, though, and some of Kansas City’s hopeful All-Star starters have lost their grasp on leading the voting. Even so, the Royals are still one of the top teams in all of baseball and command the high-billing that they’ve been getting.

Heading into July, the Royals are in first place in the American League Central division, leading the Minnesota Twins by 5.5 games, while the Tigers are six games back (as of 6/30). They’re 15 games over .500 and have one of the most complete rosters from top to bottom, one that certainly shouldn’t be diminished by the All-Star voting process.

There’s no place to discount the Royals as the MLB calendar turns to July. With information provided by SeatSmart.com, below are the most and least expensive Kansas City Royals tickets on the secondary market for the month of July.

Most Expensive: 7/17/2015 | Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals | US Cellular Field | Average Price: $131.50 | Get-in Price: $5

The Royals have a great chance to add onto their division lead when they face the White Sox in their most expensive game of July. Royals fans who are interested in making this road trip also have a great chance at saving time and money on parking in Chicago by going through ParkWhiz.com, which has parking spots available starting at $20. The White Sox are in last place in the division and trail the Royals by 12.5 games, but it doesn’t look like they’ll get any closer in this particular series. Kansas City has won four of their six meetings this season.

7/24/2015 | Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros | Kauffman Stadium | Average Price: $96.47 | Get-in Price: $22

7/25/2015 | Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros | Kauffman Stadium | Average Price: $103.83 | Get-in Price: $22


Two of the most talented teams in baseball meet towards the end of the month at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals host the first-place Houston Astros, who have made it clear to the rest of the league that this year’s team isn’t a fluke. Eleven games over .500, this could be a preview of a possible playoff matchup down the line. It’s why Astros tickets have been a surprising draw, even when they’re playing away from Minute Maid Park.

Least Expensive: 7/6-9/2015 | Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays | Kauffman Stadium | Average Price: $39 (Four Games)

The four least expensive Royals tickets in July are each of the four games in their set against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays are exceeding all preseason expectations after losing some of their talented pitching staff and manager Joe Maddon, but none of that matters right now to a club that has been overachieving as much as any other team in the game. The Rays are tied for first in the AL East division with the Baltimore Orioles as July begins, but they also have the Blue Jays and Yankees closely behind on their tails.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dave Matthews Band Tickets In St. Louis Are Averaging $126 On Secondary Market

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 10:22 AM

Few things say summer like an outdoor Dave Matthews Band show. Those in the Missouri area will get that experience during right in the middle of summer when the band comes to Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis on July 15. The July shows comes in the middle of a long summer tour for the band that runs through the the middle of September.

On the secondary market, then band is bringing expensive prices for these shows Dave Matthews Band tickets on TiqIQ currently have an average price of $178.90. However, the show at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre has an average price of $126.40, 29.3% below the tour average. Only three shows through the end of the tour have a less expensive average price on the secondary market. The get-in price for the show is currently $47.

Throughout the tour, the show will consist of two sets. For one set Matthews will be solo, occasionally accompanied by others, playing acoustic songs. This is the shorter of the two sets, but the most intimate. Then Matthews returns with all the others and a full band set is played. Matthews and co. used this format for their summer tour last year and have continued it through to this summer. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Prices For The Rolling Stones Tickets In KC Are Now 26% Below Tour Average

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 12:29 PM

In a little less than two weeks, The Rolling Stones will be making their way to Kansas City. The legendary rock group will be playing Arrowhead Stadium on June 27 as part of their Zip Code Tour. For those still looking for tickets, the stop at Arrowhead will be a relative steal on the secondary market compared to the band’s other upcoming tour dates.

According to TiqIQ, the average price for Rolling Stones tickets is $193.10 for next Saturday’s show in Kansas City. That is the least expensive average for an upcoming Rolling Stones show and the only remaining date on the tour with a secondary market average below $100. None of the previous six shows already played on the tour had an average below $200, making the Arrowhead stop the cheapest overall show. The secondary market tour average for Rolling Stones tickets on TiqIQ is $258.52, placing the Kansas City show 26% below the tour average.

The get-in price for the show is $44, the also the least expensive ticket on the tour. The band’s May 30 show at Ohio Stadium in Columbus also had a get-in price of $44, which saw an attendance of 59,038. Only three other shows had or have a get-in price under $60.

Across the tour, The Rolling Stones have featured a wide array of high profile opening acts. These artists range from Gary Clark Jr. to Brad Paisley to Walk the Moon. The opener for the band’s Arrowhead show will be Ed Sheeran. While Sheeran and the Stones might not share much of a target demographic, Sheeran has not had a problem drawing crowds on his own this year. Ed Sheeran tickets on TiqIQ have an average price of $150.36 across his 2015 tour dates. Sheeran has also been able to draw Stones-like ticket prices, such as his upcoming September show with Christina Perri at Philips Arena in Atlanta that has an average price of $478.63.

After the KC stop, The Rolling Stones will have just four shows until their 15-date Zip Code Tour ends. The final stops will be in Raleigh, Indianapolis, Detroit and Buffalo.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sporting KC Tickets Against USL Expansion Team More Expensive Than MLS Game

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 1:39 PM

Sporting Kansas City’s current unbeaten streak takes a long break, as their next matchup doesn’t take place until June 21 against Real Salt Lake. The club’s last loss was on April 18 to the Los Angeles Galaxy, and since then, the team had a draw against the Houston Dynamo, a win against Chicago Fire, a draw against DC United, a win against New England Revolution, a draw against Seattle Sounders FC, a win against FC Dallas and a win against Seattle again.

Before Sporting KC tries to increase their impressive streak to eight straight games, they have a 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup fourth-round matchup against USL expansion team St. Louis FC.

According to SeatSmart.com, tickets on the secondary market for Sporting KC are more expensive for the team’s Open Cup game compared to their regular season MLS contest. On June 16, the average ticket price against St. Louis FC is $47, with a get-in price of $18. Five days later, when Sporting KC returns to MLS action, the average ticket price is $31 with a get-in price of $12 at Rio Tinto Stadium. With Real Salt Lake being one of the worst teams, currently ranked ninth out of ten, it’s probable that any game, no matter the opponent, would have a higher average ticket price at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Missouri compared to Salt Lake City, Utah. The data gathered by SeatSmart certainly supports this sentiment.

The U.S. Open Cup has its largest field in the modern era (1995-present) with 89 teams. With 32 teams remaining, Sporting Kansas City is looking to capture its third trophy, which it hasn’t won since 2012. It’s the first competitive meeting between Sporting KC and any club from St. Louis in franchise history.

As touched on, when Sporting KC returns to its MLS regular season, the club shouldn’t have a problem competing with Real Salt Lake. In one less game played, Sporting KC has scored five more goals and has conceded three fewer. Sporting KC will have to win the games against the teams in the bottom of the conference to earn the No. 1 seed for the Western Conference playoffs.

Currently, Sporting KC is two points behind Seattle Sounders FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Sporting KC leads the MLS in goals scored up this point.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Kansas City Among the Least Expensive Stops On Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 3:09 PM

Just this past Sunday May 24, the Rolling Stones kicked-off their North American Tour with their first concert in San Diego's Petco Park. According to international ticket reseller Ticketbis, the San Diego show has so far been the best selling among the Zip Code shows despite the high prices. In fact, fans have paid up to $380 on the secondary market to see the rock legends in action. Luckily, it seems the fans got their money’s worth as the show received tons of raving reviews.

According to Rolling Stone magazine, the band started off with a performance of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” where members “emerged in color-coordinated outfits and closed with fireworks as they played the infamous “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. Fans were proud to see that Mick Jagger is still going strong at 71 seeming to have virtually the same energy he had when performing in his 20’s. At the same time, the chemistry between Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood seems to be better than ever.

Their next show will be taking place in Ohio Stadium in Columbus. According to Ticketbis, tickets to see the Rolling Stones in Ohio are cheaper than any of the other shows listed on the secondary market with prices starting at $110. Yet considering the overwhelmingly positive reviews for their first concert, fans could see prices rise as attending what could be one of the band’s last tours becomes ever more tempting.

After Columbus, shows in Indianapolis and Kansas City will be the most economic options for fans since they can get get tickets for as low as $130 and $134, respectively. On the other hand, the most expensive cities to see the Rolling Stones will be Orlando, Florida with tickets starting at $220 and Buffalo, New York with one ticket left on Ticketbis listed at $404.

Despite the differences in prices, Stones fans know that no matter what city they chose to see the band live, it will make very little difference to the overall experience. After all, they are the legends of Rock’n Roll who have been putting on outstanding performances for more than half a century. 

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