2016 U.S. Open Tickets Are Second Most Expensive Since 2010

The 116th U.S. Open will officially begin this Thursday at the Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. The field, which includes nine former U.S. Open, three Masters and three PGA champions, will be highlighted by a bevy of big names. The likes of Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson will all take part in this year's tournament, prompting a growing amount of excitement around the small suburb just outside of Pittsburgh.

While thunderstorms threaten to disrupt the start of the tournament, rain and lightning won't perturb patrons from paying big prices for U.S. Open tickets on the secondary market. In fact, this year's tournament will be the second most expensive since TicketIQ began tracking ticket data in 2010. The average resale price for tickets across all four days of action is now $253.90. Only last year's tournament posted a higher four-day average at $515.97.

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Patrons hoping to just get on the grounds at Oakmont Country Club this year will find the lowest ticket prices during the opening day of play. Thursday U.S. Open tickets now average $175.78 and the cheapest gallery tickets start from $80. If planning on partaking in the events on Friday, it will be the most expensive individual day on average at $333.11. The get-in price for tickets on Friday is currently $142.

As the weekend rolls on and the competition increases, prices won't deviate far from where they stand on Friday. U.S. Open tickets for Saturday own a $311.05 average and $189 get-in price. Friday and Saturday will actually be more expensive both in terms of average and get-in price than the final day of play on Sunday, where tickets average $232.25 and the cheapest ticket is $134.

Spieth enters play as the defending champion, while Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen each received runner-up honors in 2015. Among the eight other former U.S. Open champions that will compete in this year's tournament are Ángel Cabrera, Lucas Glover, Martin Kaymer, Justin Rose and Webb Simpson.

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