A prolonged intersection of professional football and baseball in October has been rather scarce in Philadelphia over the past two years. While the Phillies will again miss postseason play this year, the Eagles have made the playoffs twice since 2010, though have failed to move beyond the Wild Card Game in both 2010 and 2013. The Phillies’ lackluster play in recent seasons has barred them from the playoffs and a winning record since 2011, where they lost in the divisional series. Though postseason success has been virtually nonexistent in the city of Brotherly Love since the Phillies played in the championship series in 2010, the average secondary ticket price for both teams this year in September and October has been its highest since 2012, when the Phillies had an average price of $48 and Eagles tickets had a $226.85 average at home.
According to TiqIQ, 2010 was the most financially successful year for both teams on the secondary ticket market. Both the Phillies and Eagles recorded their highest average secondary price at home and that year served as the last time both teams entered the playoffs in the same season. In 2010, the September average secondary for Phillies at Citizens Bank Park was $124.73 and postseason average rose to $407.79 in October. The Eagles, who posted a 10-6 record that year, saw an average secondary price of $263.76 in September and October for home games at Lincoln Financial Field. The Phillies would ultimately lose to the San Francisco Giants in six games in the NLCS while the Eagles suffered a Wild Card Game loss to the Packers.
2011 saw average secondary price decrease for both Eagles and Phillies tickets following postseason entrances from both teams. The secondary market September average for Phillies tickets in 2011 was $75.42, down 39.5% from 2010’s average of $124.73. The Phillies would make their final playoff appearance to date in 2011 and had a postseason average of $272.01 at home, down 33.29% from the $407.79 postseason average of 2010. The Eagles posted an average price of $208.64 on the secondary market for the months of September and October, marking a 20.8% drop in secondary price from the season prior. The Eagles failed to make the postseason while the Phillies lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in five games in the NLDS.
The Phillies would continue to have a drop in secondary average price while the Eagles rebounded slightly on the secondary market in 2012. After posting a .500 record, the Phillies held a September average of $48, down 36.3% from the previous year, and failed to make the playoffs. The Eagles had an average price of $226.85 in the months of September and October, jumping 9% from 2011’s average of $208.64. However, the Eagles would finish with one of the worst records in the NFL at 4-12 on the season.
Falling secondary prices plagued both teams in 2013. Suffering their worst record since 2000, the Phillies posted a September average of just $35, down 27% from 2012’s average. The Eagles also experienced falling secondary prices in September and October and had an average price of $189.03 in the autumn months, down 16.6% from the $226.85 average a year prior. Under new quarterback Nick Foles, the team finished with a 10-6 record and clinched its first playoff berth since 2010, though ultimately lost to the Saints in the Wild Card Game.
This year, hope remains higher than ever for a serious playoff run at Lincoln Financial Field. The Phillies, however, sit in the basement of the NL East and will miss postseason play. With a September average of $56, the Phillies have experience a bounce back on the secondary market, rising 60% from last season’s average of $35. The Eagles, who are expected to see continued success in the NFC East, will also have a secondary price increase at home this season in September and October. The average price for 2014 Eagles tickets at Lincoln Financial Field this season is $218.63 on the secondary market, up 15.6% from last season’s average of $189.03.