Tuesday night’s Game 1 of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros didn’t disappoint for the thousands at the stadium and millions more watching at home.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw gave up one run in seven innings and slugger Justin Turner clubbed a go-ahead two-run home run late for a 3-1 Dodgers victory on a day where the temperature in LA reached triple digits – a record for a Fall Classic. Similarly scorching: the ticket market for fans looking to see the first two games at Chavez Ravine.
According to data from TicketNetwork sales, last night’s game one had the highest volume of sales in the previous decade of Major League Baseball contests. With hours to go before game time (and similar temperatures expected), game two is already at No. 2 on that list.
There are a number of reasons for the scorching market – Los Angeles hasn’t played in a World Series since 1988 (Kirk Gibson’s dramatic walkoff home run and the famed calls by Jack Buck and Vin Scully – those were game one of the last Fall Classic played by the Dodgers), and is obviously one of the largest markets in the country. Houston is also a massive market, and that team hasn’t played in the World Series for over a decade – and was actually the National League pennant winner that time around.
In terms of per-ticket prices, last fall’s Cubs-Indians World Series remains the gold standard, as it holds the top four spots on that list over the previous ten years of TicketNetwork market activity – topping out at $3,098 per ticket sold for Game 4. But this year’s classic still has a shot at catching up: Game 7 is currently 5th with a per-ticket average of $1,463, with Game 5 just behind at $1,301 and Game 4 – the only of the three which will definitely be played at this point – averaging $1,175.
Fans looking to score tickets to tonight’s game are going to have to dig deep, as the secondary market remains robust, to say the least. The best get in the door price looks to be found on Ticket Club, which features service fee-free tickets for members. As of Wednesday morning, a seat in Section 47 can be had for just under $1,000. Similar seats on VividSeats and StubHub are going for $116 and $214 more, respectively, with the price differences even more pronounced at the upper end of the pricing spectrum.
But, if the remainder of games can match the level of Game 1, it seems like it may be a sound investment to make.