October 7, 2007 6:44 PM   Subscribe

So, it's October; I'm in Denver, and for the first time ever, the World Series could come to the mountains. My question is as follows: 1. When will World Series tickets go on sale? 2. How do I find out how much they'll be? I'd like to take a lady friend and her son to a game. Can anyone help?
posted by arkhangel to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (8 answers total)
Here is the official info from the Rockies. It lists the schedule for the NLCS and the prices as well as the stipulation that information will be forthcoming about World Series tickets. There is also a telephone number there and I would suggest you call it tomorrow during business hours.

Also you can expect that just as there was a jump in price from Divisional games to the NLCS, there will be a similar bump in price for the World Series.
posted by mmascolino at 6:49 PM on October 7, 2007

Colorado isn't getting past Arizona, I am not an AZ fan at all, but the way they are playing I wouldnt count on getting the opportunity to see a mile high world series.
posted by BobbyDigital at 9:28 PM on October 7, 2007

They go on sale as soon as it's certain which teams will be in it, but never before that.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 10:09 PM on October 7, 2007

I am afraid that is not true SCDB. You can buy them from MLB's trusted ticket distributor, StubHub (links I added above).

From their website: "If a game is not played, you will receive a full refund after returning your tickets."
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 10:25 PM on October 7, 2007

Things have probably changed in the last six years. But when Arizona won the NLCS in 2001, people were already camped out at the ticket booths for World Series tickets before that game (NLCS game 5) had even started. There was a four-ticket limit per person. I actually was able to score some tickets for a friend online (owed them a favor, and that paid off my karmic debt to them in a big way) online. However, that will be tough going; tens of thousands of people are trying to do the same thing at the same time.

Oh, BobbyDigital, I am a Diamondbacks fan, and a seven game series with the Rockies is a pretty scary proposition. I see Arizona having to win at least two at Coors Field, and that's not gonna be easy.
posted by azpenguin at 12:32 AM on October 8, 2007

Tickets to the World Series in most places will always be get-able if you can pay $100 a ticket or more. We went through this whole process a few years ago and went to every home game. It was worth it, but it was expensive, and we're season ticket-holders now for maybe 20% more than what we paid for all the playoff and series tickets.

Some people already have WS tickets. Season ticket holders already have them and are probably selling them, or at least selling the right to purchase them.

They will be available to the public, probably both in-person and on-line. Some places have a raffle, Colorado probably doesn't.

Once they are sold out at that level, you are looking at the secondary market. The exception being that 2-3 hours before gametime the box office will often get back tickets to sell at face from people who turned them back in or organization tickets that no one used.

Your best bets on the secondary market are:

1) Guy you meet at the NLCS who has tickets to game 3 of the World Series.

2) Niche websites like the message board at the Rockies website or a Rockies blog that has a message board or commenting.

3) Craigslist

4) The Rockies ticket exchange

5) Stubhub and Ebay.

6) Re-sellers around the park and ticket brokers.

In general, the higher your perceived safety in the transaction the more you will pay for the tickets. Also, ask yourself if you want the physical tickets. Some people won't part with them and are going to send you an e-ticket.

Think of the tickets you buy as an asset. You can generally re-sell or trade them if better ones come along at a better price. The important thing to keep in mind is that the market is generally coupled with how the home team is doing. If you buy tickets to game 4 on the secondary market right when the team makes it into the series, but the Rockies lose the first 3 games, the price on the secondary market will start to fall for those seats after the second and third loss. If the AL team is one that travels well and has a diaspora, like Boston or New York, the price won't fall as far.

Generally, after 1-2pm on the day of a night game, the prices start dropping a little. But that sort of uncertainty isn't great for what you are talking about.

The mark-up on the secondary market is higher for cheaper tickets. The average is probably 2 times face. But it really depends on who is playing and what the scenario is after 2 games.
posted by Mozzie at 2:40 PM on October 8, 2007

from the denver post 10/9.

Word on the Series: Tickets to come via lottery
By Mike McPhee
The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 10/09/2007 02:25:20 AM MDT

"When are World Series tickets going on sale?"
The Colorado Rockies are officially mum about a schedule for buying tickets for folks who aren't season-ticket holders. Team officials told fans lining up at the box office Monday that disbursement would be by lottery, with details to be announced.
However, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Rockies' opponent in the upcoming National League Championship Series, have already posted information on their website about a World Series ticket lottery.
The Diamondbacks' registration period, which started Sept. 28, runs through noon Oct. 16. On Oct. 17, the organization will conduct a random selection of individuals from the pool of registrants. Winners will be notified by Oct. 23.
The other teams still playing in baseball's postseason also have announced their ticket-lottery plans. The Boston Red Sox's lottery for World Series tickets already has concluded.
posted by troubleon14thst at 11:35 AM on October 9, 2007

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