With a historic World Series matchup coming up, it can reasonably be expected that the cost to attend is going to be extremely high. With the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians each clinching their tickets to the Fall Classic, there is a combined 176 year drought since the last time the teams won a World Series.
With the Indians last appearance in 1997 and the Cubs in 1945, there is much anticipation in both cities, especially in Chicago. Having made it to the NLCS in 2003 and 2015, while also having the best record in the National League in 2008, there has been many disappointments in Chicago over the last decade and a half.
Of course, this ignores all the other unfortunate events that have occurred since the Cubs last won, when they were champions in back to back years in 1907 and 1908. During this time, World War I was still off into the future and the nation was being led by the Roosevelt Administration, that is the first with Theodore Roosevelt. These winning ball clubs were led by the legendary combination of Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance, who have been immortalized by the famous 1910 poem “Tinker, to Evers, to Chance.”
With this history, comes a hefty price to witness the change of dynamics for baseball in Chicago forever. Currently, tickets for Standing Room only tickets for Games 1 and 2 on StubHub are starting at about $750 each. A number that is not too bad for a championship series.
And these prices are really good when compared to the cost of tickets for the games where the Chicago Cubs will be the home team. For Games 3-5 at Wrigley Field the price lowest ticket price on StubHub ranges from $1945 to about $2600. This of course, would be standard Standing Room Only tickets. Want an actual seat? That will be about $3700. Standard 100 level seats? That can be as much as $10,000. And if you really want to have the best seats in the house right behind home plate? That can be as much as $75,000 in row B.
Moral of the story, the ticket prices are rising and may very well be among the most expensive tickets to a sporting event in history. Now just imagine if a potential Game 7 was set to be played at the Friendly Confines, one can only imagine how much that would have to go for.
After looking at the prices at Wrigley Field, that $800 Standing Room ticket at Progressive Field doesn’t seem that bad after all.