Cleveland fans are paying big bucks to watch the Indians go for their first World Series title in 68 years.
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With the Indians making their first appearance in the World Series since 1997, ticket demand is strong following the Indians’ pennant-clinching victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series.
The average resale price for Game 1 at Cleveland’s Progressive Field on Tuesday is $1,113, according to ticket marketplace SeatGeek. That’s not far from the current record of $1,205, the average cost of a ticket to Game 3 of the 2015 World Series in New York.
Game 2 on Wednesday is also closing in on the all-time high. SeatGeek said the average resale price on Thursday morning was $1,065 per seat.
SeatGeek’s listings showed a get-in-the-door price of $630 for Game 1 and $660 for Game 2, not including taxes and fees.
If the World Series makes it back to Cleveland for Game 6, fans can buy tickets on the secondary market for $1,375 on average. Tickets to a decisive Game 7 have a current asking price of $1,685.
Game 6 could become the most expensive event in Ohio since at least 2010, when SeatGeek began tracking ticket data. The Indians, who last won a World Series title in 1948, might top the Cleveland Cavaliers, who won the NBA Finals earlier this year. During the 2016 Finals, average resale values posted a high of $1,001.
The Chicago Cubs would certainly change the equation for the World Series. Demand for tickets in Cleveland should get a boost from a Cubs win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series, which is tied 2-2 going into Thursday’s Game 5. The relatively short distance between the two cities means Cubs fans will likely make the trip to take advantage of cheaper prices, a SeatGeek spokesperson said.
Tickets just to get inside Wrigley Field for a potential World Series Game 3 in Chicago are a whopping $2,175 as of Thursday. SeatGeek believes Cubs tickets would surge to Super Bowl-level prices, thus shattering the current World Series record. The company estimates that World Series games in Chicago will average between $3,000 and $4,000 per seat.