Minutes after the Red Sox celebrated their ticket to the World Series Saturday night, Salem resident Jason Dailey decided to do everything in his power to get there, too.
He asked his friends for advice, entered lotteries and sweepstakes, but it turned out to be a lot simpler.
“I picked up my phone Sunday afternoon and called the automatic ticket line,” Dailey said. “I was shocked that they had four bleacher seats for Game 2 at $125 each.”
Dailey is one of the few able to secure tickets through the Red Sox; tickets were sold out on their website yesterday.
Fans had better luck on the secondary market. At AceTicket yesterday afternoon, 370 tickets were still available to tonight’s game.
“The cheapest tickets are just over $350, which is a really good deal,” said Jim Holzman, CEO of AceTicket.
In 2007, Holzman said, the cheapest World Series tickets were $500. In 2004, they were closer to $700.
There are plenty of expensive seats this year, too. On StubHub, a pair of front row seats for tonight’s game by the dugout are listed for $11,000 each.
“It’s the third time in 10 years, so I think a lot of people have crossed it off their bucket list already,” Holzman said. “But people should be kicking themselves if they don’t go. It’s the World Series right in your backyard.”
Ticket sales have been constant since the Red Sox clinched on Saturday, he said.
“People are just really psyched for it,” he said. “Sales have been pretty steady, and we’ve had a busy week.”
People are buying tickets for next week’s Game 6 and Game 7, even though they may not even happen.
“We give all the money back to the buyer if the game doesn’t happen,” Holzman said. “It wouldn’t make sense for someone to buy a ticket for those games otherwise.”