“Buy the ticket, take the ride,” Hunter S. Thompson tells us in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. That ticket might cost you more than tuition at an Ivy League school if you plan on watching Wednesday’s seventh game of the World Series between the Cubs and the Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
For a little over $1.7 million you can purchase one of up to 8 standing-room tickets to enjoy the national pastime. If you want to cut a corner you can grab the second most expensive seats going for a mere $102,963.50 each, according to Cleveland.com. Of course, sellers can ask for any price on the internet.
Game seven ticket sales spiked early during Tuesday night’s game after the Cubbies accrued a 7-0 lead after two-and-a-half innings. By 11:45 p.m. StubHub was selling tickets for $1,700 per person, doubling the price for Game 6 , which sold for $763. The Cubs managed to stave off elimination for the second game in a row by beating the Indians 9-3 to force the Game 7 contest.
Yet, some less pricey tickets were still to be found, ESPN reported. “A pair of seats is costing fans $2,000 per ticket, after fees,” Patrick Ryan, co-founder of Eventellect, told the website. “That is more than the ‘get in price’ for eight of the past 10 Super Bowls. It’s unique, but it’s the number most industry insiders would expect the get in for a Cubs Game 7 to be.”
Who wants to go to Cleveland for Game 7 and has a million dollars for standing room only? pic.twitter.com/kzVyTwIYnC
— Kevin Kaduk (@KevinKaduk) November 2, 2016
Cubs catcher David Ross, who plans to retire after tonight’s game, said upon learning the price of Game 7 tickets, “Can I sell mine? I’m going to be looking for a job after tomorrow.”
Fans will also fork over big bucks for hotels and motels in the area surrounding Progressive Field on Wednesday. The Kimpton Schofield Hotel charged occupants $700 for a regular room, while the Hampton Inn raked in $1,500 per room. Normally rooms range from $130 to $160 a night at the hotels.