The World Series
The World Series is the highlight of the year for Major League Baseball fans. It is a best of seven game series, with the team that wins declared the champion and the Commissioner’s Trophy. Baseball fans love the Fall Classic, and tickets to the World Series are very difficult to get. Even nosebleed seats can cost hundreds of dollars.
If you’re a baseball fan, this is the biggest event of them all for you, especially if your favorite team is playing. Getting tickets to the World Series is really difficult, but we can give you some tips here.
So, read on to find out all you need to know about the World Series and how to get tickets to this set of games.
History of the World Series
The World Series was first played in 1903, with the Boston Red Sox declared the winner. However, the Red Sox do not have the largest amount of titles—to their fans’ dismay. That honor goes to the New York Yankees, who have won 27 titles. The St. Louis Cardinals and Oakland Athletics also have several World Series Championship titles to their credit.
The biggest news from this championship series is the fact that in 2016, the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series title in 108 years. It was the longest championship game drought of any American professional sports team. That Game 7 was one of the most exciting ever thanks to the fact that it went into extra innings and there was a rain delay toward the end of the game.
The MLB World Series is set up similarly to the NBA Finals. Instead of the team with the best record having home advantage, the team from the league that won the All-Star game gets home field advantage. It is set up as a 2-3-2 format, with the home team getting the first and last two games of the series.
Ticket to the World Series
Again, getting tickets to a championship game is tough. One of the reasons why is that they are not on sale for very long. In fact, it’s not uncommon to not even know who is playing in the World Series a week before Game 1. This might even the playing field for getting tickets a little, but not by much.
The first wave of tickets is available only to season ticket holders of the team in the series. These lucky individuals have first dibs at getting tickets. The next wave of tickets is available through a lottery system. Hundreds of thousands of people enter, but only a small percentage of these people actually get to purchase tickets. The timeframe for getting them is very limited, too.
If you don’t get tickets through either of these methods, don’t despair. Tickets are always available on third party ticket sales sites. Of these, we recommend SeatGeek, but if a reputable site offers you a great deal, you should definitely take it. Even on these sites, tickets will be expensive. It is the World Series, after all.
With that in mind, you will want to save money where you can. If you have nerves of steel, you can wait until a few minutes before game time and buy an e-ticket. There will still be a cost associated with downloading your tickets, and you can present your ticket from your smartphone right at the ticket gate, but this is a really risky move. When it pays off for you, you will get a slightly discounted ticket to the biggest game of the year. When it doesn’t, you will find yourself stuck outside the gates.
Other Things to Keep in Mind
Tickets to the game are not the only thing you will need to purchase. You will need to pay for parking. If you look on SeatGeek, odds are you can find a prepaid parking pass. This is highly recommended. This way, your parking spot is guaranteed well beforehand. You won’t need to stress about finding a good spot and you won’t be searching around for a spot past the opening pitch.
Also, don’t forget to find a spot to stay. If you live close to the stadium, you can just head home afterward. But if you’re coming from out of town, you’ll need a hotel room. Don’t forget to book this as soon as possible so you aren’t scavenging for a spot at the last minute. There’s nothing worse than not having all of the details of a trip locked down, so don’t let this interfere with your ability to enjoy yourself.
Finally, bring some cash for food and souvenirs. If you’re the sentimental type, having a memento to remember the biggest game of your life will help you to look back fondly on your experience. Even a program or scorecard can be a treasured item later on.