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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 08/31/2011

Ticket prices soaring for Strasburg’s return


(Patrick Semansky - AP)
As news came down that Stephen Strasburg would indeed make his Nats Park return on Sept. 6, at least two things happened.

1) People started coming up with names for this event. Like Strasurrection.

2) Ticket prices on the secondary market, which were already high for Sept. 6 on speculation, began to go even higher.

From Aug. 19 - Aug. 25, when the Sept. 6 date began to pick up steam, prices for that game went up 66.4 percent, according to secondary seller TiqIQ, which has a business partnership with The Post.

By Tuesday morning, the prices has settled in at around $60, 43 percent above the Nats season average.

By 8:30 p.m., after Davey Johnson had confirmed Sept. 6 as a go, the average price was at $68.46, 63 percent above the season average.

And by 10:30, the average price was $76.39, 82 percent above the season average.

That’s a pretty big spike in one day.

The average ticket price for Strasburg’s June 8 debut last year, according to TiqIQ, was $86.72, a number the Strasurrection won't touch. And indeed, by Wednesday morning the prices had already dipped slightly. I’d guess they’ll dip a lot more between now and Sept. 6. And for the Sept. 11 game, which coincides with the Redskins home opener, you’ll be able to go for a bag of sunflower seeds.

If you’re obsessed with this stuff, @PostTiqs is promising hourly updates for anyone looking for more info.

Meanwhile, according to StubHub, here are the minimum get-in prices for the next 10 Nats home games: $3, $5, $5, $4, $16, $6, $5, $4, $5, $7. One of those stands out.

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