Editors' pick: Originally published Oct. 25.
Planning on attending a World Series game this season? Be prepared to pay record prices for tickets.
The Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs will meet in the 112th installment of the Fall Classic, and with both teams enduring decades-long title droughts, long-suffering fans are eager to attend.
Price points are high on the secondary market. On TicketIQ, a ticket search engine that aggregates tickets and data from over 90% of the market, World Series tickets are averaging $4,714.76 over all seven potential games. Tickets for the Indians and Cubs are the highest since the company started tracking World Series tickets in 2010.
The Series starts tonight at Cleveland's Progressive Field. The Indians will start 18-game winner Corey Kluber against the Cubs' 19-game winner Jon Lester.
With the Cubs appearing in their first World Series since 1945, it is unsurprising that the team is posting jaw-dropping resale demand. The average secondary market ticket price for tickets at Wrigley Field is $6,781.84 from games 3-5. The cheapest tickets are currently la whopping $2,200 for Game 3 on Friday night.
Cubs fans seeking cheaper tickets may be better off making the trip to Cleveland. The Indians will host Games 1, 2 and possible Games 6 and 7. Indians World Series tickets are averaging $3,164.44 across all four games, and the cheapest tickets are priced under $900 at both of the first two games. However, prices for a potential game six and seven start from $1,097 and $1,493, respectively.
On Priceline.com, round-trip flights from Chicago to Cleveland this week start from $659.20 while hotels in Cleveland are just $39 a night for two-star options and $44 a night for three-star hotels. That makes the cheapest cumulative cost for Game 1 (travel expenses + one ticket) a shade over $1,600 -- nearly $600 cheaper than the get-in ticket price for Game 3 in Chicago.
The Cubs have not won a World Series since 1906, the longest title drought in North American professional sports. They finished the regular season with the most wins in Major League Baseball. They then defeated the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers to reach the World Series.
The Indians raised their first pennant in 19 years and are seeking their first title since 1948, when they defeated the Boston Braves in six games. Cleveland polished off the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays in their American League playoff series.
This article is commentary by an independent contributor.