By Alex Lippa
---- — 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.”
Lawrence native and current Wilmington resident Amy Largenton considers herself fortunate to be able to go tomorrow.
“I’m fortunate that my uncle is a season ticket holder,” she said. “He was selling the game, so I was able to get tickets along the third base line for $300 each.”
The tougher part for Largenton was finding someone to go with.
“It was process of elimination,” she said. “I asked my family, but it’s hard when it’s a night game during the week. I ended up finding a friend who is a huge Red Sox fan.”
Three generations of the Dailey family will be at the game together.
“I’m bringing my father and my son,” he said. “Going to the World Series is a once-in-a-lifetime situation.”
Jeff Ferrante, a Newburyport resident who works in Andover, has been a season ticket holder since the 1990s. He will be going to Game 1 tonight, and has given his Game 2 tickets to his son.
“I absolutely couldn’t be more excited,” he said. “I consider myself lucky to be there.”
Ferrante said he bought four pairs of World Series tickets for $2,000 before the playoffs.
Making a profit on them never crossed his mind.
“I never sell my tickets for more than face value and I only give them to friends and family,” he said.
For people buying tickets from sellers they don’t know, Paula Fleming of the Boston Business Bureau said there were red flags to watch out for.
“Whenever there is an event like this, the scams always come with it,” she said. “We encourage people to use a credit card or PayPal, so if something does come up, there is a better chance of recovering your money.”
Dailey, who’s sitting in the third row in the center field bleachers, said he and his family have one wish for tomorrow.
“We hope to catch the next grand slam,” he said.