Forget about that new high-definition TV, vacation, new car or even a down payment on a house. Chicago Cubs fans desperate to see the first World Series game at Wrigley Field in 71 years are dishing out thousands of dollars for tickets on the secondary market.
The cheapest tickets on StubHub Friday morning were $1,625 for standing room only. The same general admission ticket on Twin Cities-based Ticket King is selling for $2,070. Tickets behind home plate and the dugouts range from $6,000-$16,000. To get a seat in the stadium you have to be willing to dish out at least $2,000.
Resellers looking to win the jackpot on the secondary market have listed tickets ranging from $20,000 to nearly $1 million.
“It’s nothing like I’ve ever seen before. With [the Cubs] making the World Series for the first time in like 70 years, it’s been nuts,” said Ticket King vice president Andrew Baydala. “The availability has really made this demand through the roof. If you have the money and it’s something that won’t cost you food on your kitchen table, have at it. If you wait, You might not see it again. It might not happen for another 70 years.”
Tickets priced from $5,000-$6000 near the dugouts have been scooped up on Ticket King, Baydala said. He joked, if he had tickets, he would sell them and buy a car.
The only sporting event Baydala could compare this sort of demand to is the Super Bowl. He added “We’ve seen Game 6 of the World Series or Game 7 of the ALCS, but it’s never been $2,000 to just get in the door. It’s because it’s Wrigley Field and people have been waiting 70-some-odd years to see this.”
Tickets for Games 4 and 5 in Chicago are just as expensive and Baydala expects the Cleveland market to experience a similar surge in ticket prices if the series extend to Games 6 and 7. Game 6 tickets are available starting at $1,100.
Then vs Now: Line for World Series tickets at Wrigley, 1945 & 2016 pic.twitter.com/3df3fU0gh4— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 28, 2016