CNN, The Chicago Tribune, and my mother are all talking about how high ticket prices are for the possible three World Series Games the Cubs would host at Wrigley Field at the end of this month. With $3,000 for a Standing Room Only ticket that doesn't even exist yet the going rate on Stubhub, you can be sure that I will not be adding to my number of attended games this year (probably around 100 as of this moment) without a little help from a friend or well-wisher with a ticket for me.
Tickets for the World Series lottery are not even on sale, yet the SRO seats already exist on Stubhub with a promise of delivery on the day of game. In my opinion, you'd be a fool to purchase one of these tickets that don't exist, especially at the current prices. Season Ticket Holders have first dibs on their seats and paid for their tickets in September, as well they should after suffering through years and years of eating unsold tickets and watching bad teams. Some of their tickets are already for sale on Stubhub too, and I'm sure some STH's hope to recoup a portion of what they've lost over the years plus attend a game or two. More power to them. But any price with four numbers before we hit a decimal point puts me at a Wrigleyville bar instead of in the ballpark, as I would imagine is the case for most of us.
This all got me to thinking: What is a Cubs World Series ticket really worth? To me, the answer is "priceless," but that is not a real or helpful answer when we've chosen as a society to denominate experiences and items in account balances on a screen or paper with pictures of dead presidents.
Also, what of the street scalpers? Are they seriously going to walk around with 30 grand in cash after selling 10 tickets? That sounds mighty dangerous and unlikely.
So I'm asking...not what would you pay if you had endless financial resources, but what would and could you actually pay in real life for the hottest ticket in a century? Let's assume it's an actual seat in the Upper Deck Outfield with a pretty decent view, not SRO or behind a post.
What say you, dear readers?