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How many kids watch World Series games on television and dream of being there? For the thousands of children out there wondering what it would take to get into a game, we explored in depth how much World Series tickets cost, and why.
The cost of World Series tickets varies each year for reasons outlined below, but in most recent years, on average a Fall Classic single-ticket price is almost $2,000. Since the 2010 season, single-ticket prices have ranged from around $400 to more than $6,000 each.
Many actions and circumstances factor into the varying World Series ticket prices, including in a single year like 2021, when the average ticket price at one stadium (for the Houston Astros) was $1,293, while for the same series, single-game tickets hosted in the stadium of the Atlanta Braves cost $2,063 on average.
That same series, the cheapest you could get a ticket was just more than $400 in Houston, yet the lowest in Atlanta was $699 for a Game 3 ticket.
Let’s closely examine what impacts prices for baseball’s World Series tickets, and more.
Fall Classic ticket prices are driven by supply and demand. They are impacted by various things, including:
- How long it has been since a team has competed in a World Series
- Size of city and its stadium
- Where in the stadium the seats are located; how close to the field
- Which game of the 7 contests
- How a Series progresses (See below)
Some say the first point above, length between World Series appearances, is the top influencer. If the most expensive tickets in history are any indication ~ in 2016 the Chicago Cubs played their first Series since 1908, and tickets went for over $6,000 apiece! ~ they are correct.
MLB clubs set initial World Series ticket prices, and the prices are set at levels that clubs anticipate fans are willing to pay, versus how many there are to sell.
Sometimes a Series goes sour for a team before they even get to host their first game (which would be Game 3), and resale ticket prices drop quite a bit, a la Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018 when they lost the first 2 World Series games in Boston to the Red Sox.
On the last point, certain games in any 7-game series tend to go for higher prices. First games of a Series, as well as the first game at each stadium, usually go for more. Game 7 tickets also usually maintain high value, for obvious reasons.
Poor on-field performance can significantly drop World Series prices, too. Losing the first 2 games, or falling behind a series 3 games to 1 or even 3 games to 0, will cause prices to drop.
And once a team becomes the first to win 3 games, each home game after that will carry a premium price ~ because fans want to be there for the big celebration at the end!
The lowest prices are probably for games 2 and 4. Once a series is tied in games, the next game is important and more people will want to be there. Series that are tied at 2 games apiece bump up the price of Game 5 tickets.
These can be true of any MLB stadium for the World Series:
- If there are standing-room-only areas in a stadium, those tickets can go for as low as $200 apiece. Of course, you don’t get a seat to sit on, but at least you’re there.
- Ditto World Series seats way up in high level sections. They can go for $200 to $400 per person, per game. The variance could be due to proximity to home plate.
- Seats closer to the field will be priced higher. Dugout and behind-home-plate seats in the 2021 World Series were priced at $4,000 to $8,000 per seat.
- Suites, usually up above the field and around the infield, can cost around $800 to $900 per person, with a 20-person minimum when purchased in advance. The prices can be higher, depending on the suite’s location, and amenities ordered e.g. from a bar, or food from buffets delivered right to the suite.
Tickets for the World Series for Major League Baseball go on sale in October, usually early in the month once playoffs start. Typically fans can buy World Series tickets for teams that have qualified for the playoffs, with ability for refunds if that team does not make the Fall Classic. (See below for what happens to used and even unused World Series tickets).
It’s important to note that almost always, MLB clubs give first priority to purchase individual World Series tickets to season ticket holders.
You can buy World Series tickets first through the club via its private website, or MLB.com. From there, World Series ticket sales are managed by the company StubHub, through an agreement with the MLB that started in 2007.
World Series tickets are fully integrated with the StubHub platform, letting fans buy and even resell tickets
Then of course there are private sellers, who might market their tickets on platforms like Craigslist or Facebook, or even shoot for ridiculously high prices by standing outside the stadium before a first pitch. That’s a gamble, though, because if no buyers show interest, the seller eats the ticket(s).
While many years ago fans might have lined up early at the stadium with hopes of obtaining a ticket, those days are long gone. It has been many years since Series tickets were made available at the gate. You can’t just walk up and buy them.
Prices on the secondary (resale) market fluctuate frequently, rising or falling depending on supply and demand, and what has transpired in the series so far.
Any World Series ticket stub carries value after the contest is done ~ whether or not your team won, or even participated!
There is a collector’s market for World Series ticket stubs, both used (e.g. torn or otherwise marked at the turnstiles), and unused. Clean full unused tickets in good condition generally can command twice the price as used World Series tickets.
And remember, sometimes teams print World Series tickets for their club during a league championship series, in anticipation of winning and moving onto the championship series. For example, the California Angels in 1986 began printing tickets for an Angels-New York Mets World Series, only to have the Angels lose 3 straight games to the Boston Red Sox.
Many of those tickets, while useless for that year’s World Series, still carry value for true fans of the unfortunate teams.
Question: When were the highest World Series ticket prices?
Answer: 2016, when the teams that faced off had not claimed a world championship in some time. The Chicago Cubs hadn’t even played in a World Series since 1945, and they hadn’t won a championship since 1908. Their opponents, the Cleveland Indians, had not won a World Series since 1948. The result? An average World Series ticket price of $6,641 for games in tiny Wrigley Field in Chicago, and $2,474 per ticket in Cleveland. The series went to a Game 7, finally won by the Cubs.
Q.: You said “on average a Fall Classic single-ticket price is almost $2,000.” What’s the exact number?
Q.: What is the most someone might pay for World Series tickets?
A.: The sky’s the limit, and we may never know the single most expensive ticket since those sold privately are most often not reported. But 2 front-row seats in Fenway Park for the World Series against the Dodgers went for $20,000 ~ or $10,000 each. (Remember that, sadly for the season ticket holder of those 2 seats, only 2 games were played in Fenway in that 5-game contest won by Boston).
Q.: How much did it cost to attend a game at the very first World Series?
A.: 50 cents per seat, in Boston’s Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds. Some note that the price of a single World Series ticket has increased by 51,000%!