October 30, 2013

Priciest ticket in history for possible Red Sox clincher

Tickets to tonight's Game 6 are selling for an average of $2,374 for the chance to see the Sox clinch the World Series at Fenway.

By Jessica Hall jhall@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Paul McClellan of South Portland sold two of his four tickets for Game 6 at Fenway but says “there’s no amount of money” he would take for the other two. Seeing the Red Sox win the title at home for the first time since 1918 would be an incomparable thrill, he said.

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Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz walks into the batting cage during a workout at Fenway Park Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Jay Cross, a financial adviser from Cape Elizabeth, said he got his chance to buy World Series tickets because he bought 2014 season tickets and got the right of first refusal to buy playoff seats this year. He said he paid face value, $315, for his seat, five rows back from third base.

Cross has a “bucket list” that includes going to every major sporting event. He has made it to golf’s U.S. Open and the Daytona 500, and has seen the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl.

Going to a World Series game – the Red Sox in Game 6 of the World Series, no less – is a big check off his list.

He said he never considered selling the ticket.

“No money in the world can make up for the memory and the experience of a World Series,” Cross said.

Stephen Schwartz, an attorney in Portland, went to St. Louis for Games 3 and 4 and tried to get tickets for Game 6 in Boston. The high prices made him change his mind.

“You can’t mortgage the house to go to a baseball game,” he said. “At this point, with bleacher tickets going for $1,100 apiece, the comfort of a nice, warm couch in front of a big screen is looking much more appealing.”

Still, Schwartz has a face-value ticket for Game 7 ... just in case.

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In this file image taken with a fisheye lens, Boston Red Sox players take batting practice as a rainbow appears in the sky above Fenway Park on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Boston. An average ticket to Fenway Park for Game 6 on Wednesday has hit $2,374, making it the most expensive in history.

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Today's poll: Red Sox tickets

Would you pay more than $2,000 to see the Red Sox win the World Series at Fenway Park?

Yes

No

View Results