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World Series Tickets Reach Record Prices As Boston Preps City For Possible Celebration

Fans in Boston may need extreme methods to acquire World Series tickets
Ticket brokers and market analysts said that tonight's Cardinals-Red Sox World Series Game 6 at Fenway Park is the "most expensive baseball game of all time," according to Brian Costa of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. TiqIQ said that as of late yesterday afternoon, the "average price for a secondary-market ticket" was $1,844. The company added that the "cheapest tickets available were $878 for standing room only." At the "high end, a buyer from Canada paid more than $24,000 on StubHub for a pair of front-row tickets between home plate and the Red Sox on-deck circle." Ticket brokers said that the "uncommonly high prices are driven by a few factors." First, the Red Sox, who lead the Cardinals in the series 3-2, "haven't won the World Series at home since 1918." Because Fenway has "a nighttime seating capacity of just 37,493, there is a scarcity of available seats" (WSJ.com, 10/29). In DC, Barry Svrluga writes there "may be no accounting for the atmosphere." StubHub listed Game 6 "standing room tickets for $990," and a "right field box seat for $11,002." Vivid Seats reported that an "average ticket for Game 6 will go for $2,052, with a median ticket price of $1,512" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/30). MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger asked, “Are we prepared for what could be the biggest baseball party in Boston history, at least in almost 100 years?” Amsinger: “No one’s getting out of this stadium by the way if they win. Think of all the college students that are going to be around this stadium. You're not going to be able to drive a car!” He added, "What we could see here ... is something that’s never been captured on video. We’ve never heard audio of it really, a celebration of winning a world title” (“MLB Tonight,” MLB Network, 10/29).

SECURITY AT A HIGH: In Boston, Maria Cramer notes a clinching World Series game at Fenway Park "would be a security headache under any circumstances," but add in President Obama speaking about the healthcare act on the eve of Halloween and Boston police are "concerned they will have an extraordinary time keeping traffic and revelers under control." Mayor Thomas Menino yesterday afternoon met with his cabinet heads "to put the final touches on a public safety plan that will include the closures of dozens of city streets, where cars will be forbidden from parking" after 4:00pm ET. All garages around Fenway and Kenmore Square are "under instructions to not allow anyone to exit after the seventh inning." Drivers "will not be able to move their cars until police have deemed that the streets are cleared of celebrating fans." Menino "encouraged businesses to tell employees to leave work an hour early, preferably by 4 p.m." (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/30). City officials said that they are "confident both events will go smoothly" (AP, 10/29).

PARTY PLANS: In Boston, Gayle Fee noted Red Sox Senior Advisor Dr. Charles Steinberg was "working the phones from St. Louis trying to line up a Boston-centric" group of entertainers for the final two games, although it is possible that MLB may "trump the local faves if they bring in some heavy hitters." The team had "reached out to the Dropkick Murphys about doing the national anthem tonight -- and it looks like MLB is giving that its blessing." The Red Sox also would "like to lure Boston Pops legend John Williams to Boston to perform 'Fanfare for Fenway,' the piece he wrote for the ballpark’s 100th anniversary last year" (BOSTON HERALD, 10/30).
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