How much are baseball fans willing to pay to see the first World Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945? Quite a bit, it turns out.
The numbers are in, and if you want to sit close to the field for Game 3 of the World Series, it’s going to cost you roughly $8,000 according to SeatGeek.
The above chart contains a few interesting tidbits. First off, SeatGeek was able to grab the average resale price for tickets based on seating sections. If you want to buy a Field level ticket for Friday’s game, it’s going to cost you a little over $8,000.
Let’s say you just simply want to be in the ballpark to see the Chicago Cubs play their first World Series game at home in 71 years. You don’t care where you sit. Hell, you don’t even have to sit. In that scenario, standing room only tickets will cost you about $2,000.
While the $8,000 figure may come as a shock for some, everyone knew tickets for this World Series matchup were going to be expensive. Prior to the start of the event, tickets were already going for Super Bowl prices.
Those figures have fluctuated slightly, but remain in that area. Here are updated average resale prices for the remaining games, according to SeatGeek.
Game 3: (In Chicago): $3,519
Game 4: (In Chicago): $4,376
Game 5: (In Chicago): $4,422
Game 6: (In Cleveland): $1,660
Game 7: (In Cleveland): $1,937
Those numbers are actually higher than the initial figures sent by SeatGeek prior to the start of the World Series. Prices can change quite a bit depending on the outcome of each contest. For example, prices for Game 3 and Game 4 tickets actually went down following the Cubs’ loss in Game 1, but jumped back up following the team’s Game 2 win. Game 5 ticket prices have remained steady.
No matter how you look at it, the cost of going to any of these games is nearly unprecedented. The World Series is, unsurprisingly, the most expensive event in Chicago this year based on average resale price, according to SeatGeek.
NLCS Game 6 (10/22): $663
Adele (7/10): $508
NLCS Game 1 (10/15): $462
Lollapalooza four day pass (7/28 to 7/31): $426
NLCS Game 2 (10/16): $411
Adele (7/13): $394
Adele (7/11): $370
NLDS Game 2 (10/8): $318
Pearl Jam (8/20): $305
NCAA tournament session 1 (3/25): $302
That list doesn’t include tickets to the “Hamilton” musical, which have sold for $493 in Chicago.
While some savvy Cubs fans could make a boatload selling their tickets to Friday’s game, don’t count on that happening. Fans from Chicago have shown heavy interest in traveling to Cleveland to attend Game 6 or Game 7 if the series goes that far. According to SeatGeek, 25 percent of fans looking at those tickets are from Chicago. Roughly 16 percent of fans looking at the same tickets are from Cleveland. You know … where the actual games will be played.
Show of hands, how many of you diehard Cubs fans value a healthy bank account over attending Game 3 of the World Series? Yeah … we didn’t think so. We’re willing to bet the only thing more rare than a World Series game at Wrigley Field is a Cubs fan willing to sell their ticket.
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