World Series Game 7 Are Pricey but Not the Most Expensive Ever - TheStreet

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- With a 10-0 win in Game 6 of the World Series, the Kansas City Royals were able to force a deciding Game 7 against the San Francisco Giants. While any type of Game 7 will bring an incredible amount of excitement, there's little that could bring more excitement to a city than a deciding Game 7 after a 29-year championship drought.

That's certainly the case in Kansas City as World Series tickets on the secondary market are easily the most expensive of the series and have one of the highest average prices for a championship deciding game in the past five years.

According to TiqIQ, the average price for Game 7 tickets is $1,733, which makes it the 11th most expensive deciding game on the secondary market since 2010 and the most expensive baseball game. Of the top 11 games, eight are from either college or professional football, which only has one game overall to decide a champion. The National Hockey League and National Basketball Assocition also each has one game on the list.

The most expensive championship deciding game was the 2011 National Championship Game between the Auburn Tigers and Oregon Ducks. Oregon vs Auburn football tickets had an average price of $5,086, almost $1,000 more expensive than the next game. Two other college football games make the list, both involving the Alabama Crimson Tide in the National Championship Game. However, both championship games on the Alabama football schedule were less than half the average price for Auburn's game.

Five of the top 11 deciding games have been Super Bowls, as every game since 2010 is on the list. Super Bowl tickets are routinely the most expensive games of the year on the secondary market. The most expensive Super Bowl in the past five year was the 2012 game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants in Indianapolis. No Super Bowl, though, had an average price below $2,500 on the secondary market.

The only Stanley Cup Final game to have one of the highest average prices was the 2011 Game 7 between the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver. The Canucks had not been to the Stanley Cup Final since 1994 and had never won the Cup in franchise history. Because of that, Canucks vs Bruins tickets had an average price of $3,844 for Game 7, the most expensive non-football game in the past five years.

In 2010, the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics played a Game 7 in the NBA Finals for the most recent chapter in the NBA's most historic rivalry. The game was played at Staples Center in Los Angeles, where Lakers tickets tend to come at a premium anyway. The average price for Game 7 was $1,811, the 10th most expensive deciding game since 2010.

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