Tiger Woods has committed to the Masters, and now the dominoes begin to fall. Just after Tiger’s announcement, the price of renting a weekly badge on Stubhub was nearly $1,200 higher than it was early Friday morning.
As of noon ET Thursday, the rental price for a weekly badge via Stubhub was $9,365.25, which then dropped a small percentage Friday morning. Then just minutes after Woods committed to playing the 2015 event, the price for a badge was about 12.5 percent higher at $10,535.25.
Week-long access is more than twice as costly than the reported price ($4,512) for a semester of in-state tuition at nearby Augusta State University. For just a Thursday-Sunday badge, the price sits at $6,245.
Other various packages are currently priced as follows:
Saturday & Sunday: $3,350
Thursday & Friday: $3,995
That was last year. The high prices were all about Tiger Woods, the be-all and end-all of golf.
But let’s compare those prices to this year’s (the weekly badge price is no longer available as it’s too late to buy those):
Last Year This Year Saturday & Sunday: $3,350 $3,000 Sunday: $1,522 $1,543 Saturday: $1,353 $1,649 Thursday-Sunday: $6,245 $7,495 Thursday & Friday: $3,995 $3,950 Friday: $1,590 $1,850 Thursday: $1,770 $2,100 Wednesday: $ 917 $ 949
Note that six of the eight are higher this year. Obviously prices fluctuate, but here’s a snapshot of what I found (and used in the above chart) at StubHub when I wrote this article:
Funny how the golf media doesn’t find this newsworthy, isn’t it…