There's Pricey, Then There's World Series Tickets Pricey

One ticket might cost you an arm and a leg
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 25, 2016 9:59 AM CDT
There's Pricey, Then There's World Series Tickets Pricey
A Cubs fan shows his World Series tickets outside Wrigley Field on Monday.   (Michael Tercha)

Fans hoping to see the Cubs play in the World Series for the first time since 1945 are finding a seat could cost them more than what their grandparents paid for their houses. The euphoria from Saturday night's victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers gave way Monday to the realization that history doesn't come cheap. Wrigley Field box seats on ticket-selling sites such as StubHub were $50,000 and up, with one seller asking $100,000 for a seat and another asking for just under $1 million, reports the AP. But there are lots of box seat tickets in the $5,000 to $10,000 range. Standing room tickets to the park are going for more than $2,200 each. List prices for World Series tickets at Wrigley range from $85 to $565, according to MLB figures.

World Series tickets are costing a lot more in Cleveland, too—well above the $83 to $750 list price range that MLB provided for Progressive Field—but are not as expensive as those in Chicago. And there are indications that Cubs fans, getting a look at what they would pay at Wrigley versus Progressive, are buying two tickets: one for a plane and one for a game. Ticket brokers were being flooded with calls from fans looking for tickets and, as of Monday, they were willing to pay as much as $12,000, one says. He adds prices might climb because Cubs fans are reluctant to sell no matter how much money they're offered, to the dismay of this 97-year-old fan who witnessed the Cubs lose in 1945 World Series. Back then, a ticket in the upper grandstand was $6. Says a ticket broker in Chicago: "People have waited so long for this." (More World Series stories.)

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