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Opening Day Tickets: Yankees Cheaper Than Marlins Partially Due to COVID Protocols

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Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images. Pictured: Yankee Stadium

It’s a strange Opening Day in Major League Baseball.

How strange?

If you want to buy a pair of tickets right now to the Blue Jays playing the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, it will be eight times cheaper than buying a pair in Miami to watch the Marlins play the Rays. 

A pair of tickets on StubHub to Yankee Stadium are $61.50 with fees. To see the game in Miami? $460!

In fact, of all the teams opening on Thursday, the Yankees are the cheapest ticket of them all — a $20 get-in for a single ticket, according to ticket reseller TickPick.

Part of it is the more intense protocols.

The Yankees, who are limiting capacity to 20 percent, are the only team opening on Thursday that are requiring one of these three: Proof of a full vaccine administered in the last two weeks, a negative antigen test six hours before game time or a PCR COVID test taken within 72 hours of game day.

Thursday’s game in Florida has no such restrictions, although the stadium will be at 25 percent capacity – about 9,000 fans – with groups of fans spaced six feet apart.

Two games were postponed early Thursday — Mets-Nationals because of COVID and Red Sox-Orioles because of expected rain.

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