Rare Royals World Series drives spike in secondary ticket market

The Kansas City Royals are playing in the World Series for the first time in 29 years, and they have driven the price of tickets on one secondary market to a five-year high.

On StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, the average ticket price for this year’s World Series between the Royals and San Francisco Giants is higher than average World Series ticket prices were in any of the previous four years. Tickets on the secondary market for a game at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium increased 2,059 percent between the regular season and the World Series, the highest such spike since 2010. The lowest such increase during the last five years was for the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals, who saw ticket prices climb 958 percent between the regular season and World Series.

For a 2014 Royals home game, the average secondary market ticket price in the regular season was the second lowest of all teams to make the World Series in the last five years, at $42. But at $907.25, the average StubHub ticket price for a World Series game at Kauffman Stadium is the highest since 2010.

Above is a graph showing the spike in ticket prices for a home game in the World Series versus the regular season.
The chart above shows the average StubHub ticket price, by team, for home games in the regular season vs. the World Series. 

The average resale price for tickets to Game 6 of this year’s series, which will be played Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium, is $966. That’s the highest price to date for this year’s series, according to a StubHub representative.

The average price on StubHub for a ticket to Game 7 is currently $1,069. But for Game 7 to happen, the Royals must do something they did in their last World Series appearance back in 1985: Come home facing a 3-2 series deficit and stave off elimination to force a decisive seventh game.

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