World Series Ticket Prices Hit New Highs For Chance To See Red Sox Clinch At Fenway
A "limited, precious supply of tickets met unprecedented high demand" for last night's World Series Game 6 with Fenway Park only having an official capacity of 37,499, according to Shira Springer of the BOSTON GLOBE. In the "days and hours" before the game, "putting a price on Boston sports history proved tricky business for scalpers, online resellers, and Red Sox fans" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/31). MLB.com's Lindsay Berra wrote Game 6 tickets were "undoubtedly the most expensive baseball tickets in history." Fenway's capacity, which is "considerably fewer than the more modern ballparks, helped drive up prices" (MLB.com, 10/30). In Hartford, Jeff Jacobs writes, "Evidently some fans were willing to pay the equivalent of the gross national product of Azerbaijan" to see the Red Sox clinch the World Series at home for the first time in 95 years. Red Sox manager John Farrell said, "There are a lot of people with a lot of money willing to spend. From a historic perspective, when you consider that an event like this hasn't been here in a couple of generations, possibly. There are a lot of people that are willing to take some extra cash and try to be a part of it." StubHub PR Coordinator Shannon Barbara in an e-mail wrote, "When the element of travel is removed (airfare, hotel costs), die-hard fans are willing to go above and beyond to see their team win, and that's the case in Boston." Upward of 10,000 tickets "evidently were sold on StubHub for Game 6 at an average price of $1,142." Fans "could not find a ticket outside Fenway for $500." Some tickets "sold in the $5,000 range," and many bleacher seats were "available in the $1,000 range." Red Sox official ticket reseller Ace Tickets Founder & CEO Jim Holzman said, "I'm surprised how inexpensive they are. I agree it's a fair amount of money, but it's $1,000 for a lifetime memory and there's no price tag that you can put on that" (HARTFORD COURANT, 10/31).
PAY UP: SNY's Adam Schein said of the cheapest tickets for Game 6 on StubHub being $1,000 for standing room only, "If I'm a diehard Sox fan, I'd absolutely pay that." SNY's Chris Carlin added, "I would shell it out if I had it, there's no doubt" ("Loud Mouths," SNY, 10/30).