Wow, does Chicago love its Cubbies!
After beating the St. Louis Cardinals in the opening round of the 2015 playoffs, the Cubs are one playoff series win away from playing in the World Series—something that hasn’t happened since 1945. (Famously, the Cubs haven’t won the World Series since 1908.) Conveniently for ticket sellers hoping to turn big profits on the resale market, the National League Championship Series (NLCS) begins on Saturday, and the Cubs’ opponent, the New York Mets, boasts a fan base that’s in the same ballpark in terms of both passion and suffering over the years.
As a result, tortured-but-excited fans in two of America’s biggest cities are pushing playoff ticket prices to unprecedented heights. The Chicago Tribune pointed out earlier this week that Cubs fans probably should have been hoping for the Los Angeles Dodgers to beat the Mets. According to the ticket-tracking site TiqIQ, if the Dodgers had won their series against the Mets, tickets for Cubs-Dodgers games in L.A. would have averaged $366 on the secondary market—compared with $846 for the average Cubs-Mets ticket at New York’s Citi Field.
That’s actually the second-highest average price for a league championship series since this data has been tracked. And it’s second only to the prices commanded this year for Cubs home games at Wrigley Field. TiqIQ data indicates that the average price on the secondary market for Games 3, 4, and (if necessary) 5 of the NLCS is a whopping $1,358.
That’s the average, mind you. At sites such as SeatGeek, the cheapest seats at Wrigley Field were listed starting at $482 for Game 3 on Tuesday, $553 for Game 4 on Wednesday, and $603 for a potential Game 5 next Thursday. So the average get-in price is $546, far higher than the average cheapest seat in the house for Games 1 and 2 in New York ($294).
Meanwhile, baseball’s bargain hunters should be in Kansas City, where secondary market prices for tonight’s Royals’ Game 1 matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays start at a mere $75, according to StubHub.
As for what happens when the World Series arrives, as you’d imagine ticket prices will only go more bonkers if the Cubs are battling for the title. The “cheap” seats for potential Cubs World Series home games are starting close to $3,000 right now, and TiqIQ says average prices on the resale market are over $4,000.