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Fenway Tickets Hit Super Bowl Prices as Red Sox Can Win at Home

October 30, 2013

Tickets Near $1,900 for First Fenway Series Clincher in 95 Years

Koji Uehara #19 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with David Ross #3 after recording the final out of a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the ninth inning of Game Five of the 2013 World Series on October 28, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. Photographer: Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

A chance to see the Boston Red Sox win a World Series title at Fenway Park for the first time in 95 years has ticket prices averaging $2,056, comparable to the Super Bowl in February.

The Red Sox hold a three-games-to-two advantage in their best-of-seven series against the St. Louis Cardinals, with Game 6 set for tonight at their 37,493-capacity ballpark in Boston. The secondary market ticket aggregator TiqIQ says it is the most expensive baseball game in the company’s four-year history.

The last time the Red Sox wrapped up a World Series championship at Fenway was 1918, when they beat the Chicago Cubs in six games. The attendance was 15,238, according to the box score.

The average price for a resale ticket to Game 6 this year has risen 11 percent since yesterday. It rose 13 percent in the day after Jon Lester pitched the Red Sox to a 3-1 win in Game 5 two days ago, according to TiqIQ. The cheapest tickets to the game are $1,047, a 77 percent increase since Game 5 in St. Louis.

Tickets to last season’s National Football League championship between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans averaged $2,199, with the cheapest resale tickets going for $1,062, according to TiqIQ.

The previous record price for baseball tickets tracked by TiqIQ was Game 2 of the 2010 World Series. Prices averaged $1,787 for that game as the San Francisco Giants hosted the Texas Rangers.

The 2010 matchup averaged $1,318 per seat on the secondary market. In each of the past two years, when the Cardinals played Texas in 2011 and the Giants faced the Detroit Tigers in 2012, ticket prices averaged less than $1,000.

Road Clinchers

Boston has won the World Series twice in the last decade, sweeping its 2004 series against the Cardinals and the 2007 matchup against the Colorado Rockies with clinching victories on the road.

The last time the Red Sox had a chance to win the World Series at Fenway Park was in 1975, when Boston’s Carlton Fisk hit a 12th-inning shot down the left-field line that struck the foul pole for a game-winning home run, forcing a decisive seventh game with the Cincinnati Reds.

While the highlight of Fisk trying to will the ball fair became one of Major League Baseball’s most iconic postseason moments, the Red Sox lost 4-3 the following day.

Boston also lost in Game 7 of the 1967 World Series at Fenway Park, falling 7-2 to the Cardinals.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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