Fans can still purchase World Series Game 7 tickets ahead of Wednesday’s decisive matchup between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants at Kauffman Stadium, but only if they're willing to spend a bundle on the secondary market. As of Wednesday afternoon, tickets to the game cost more than $1,000.
“The average sales price for this game is currently $1,152.14,” Chris Matcovich, vice president of data and communications at TiqIQ.com, said. “The most expensive ticket currently listed is in Crown Club 1 Row B for $10,500.”
Tickets are no longer available on the Royals’ official website. In fact, demand for single-game World Series' tickets was so high that only Royals fans who registered with the team online were given the opportunity to directly purchase tickets, Fox 4 Kansas City reported earlier this month. Prices for Wednesday’s game were well in advance of the $948.59 cost to attend baseball’s most recent World Series Game 7 in 2011.
Ticket prices for this year’s World Series Game 7 peaked at the start of Game 6, when the average price went as high as $1,847.81. By Wednesday afternoon, the average price had dropped by 36 percent.
While the World Series’ television ratings are down this season, this year’s average ticket prices have outstripped those of the past four seasons, website FiveThirtyEight notes. The average ticket price to each of this year’s World Series games remained above $800, while the average price to the past four World series never exceeded $797.
The final game of the Royals-Giants series will be the most expensive Game 7 ticket for an event based in the U.S. in the past five years, Forbes reports. Only 2013’s NBA Finals Game 7 between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat was more expensive, with an average ticket price of $1,346.60.
Game 7 of the 2014 World Series will air at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. In a rematch of Game 3, Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie will face off against Giants starter Tim Hudson.