Resale ticket tracking company TiqIQ says average list prices in both Chicago and New York made for the most expensive league championship series ticket since the company began tracking in 2010. The average ticket being sold on the secondary market at CitiField for games 1, 2, 6 and 7 is $838.40, while tickets at Wrigley are averaging $1,228.16.
The previous highest league championship series average since 2010, according to TiqIQ records, was for the San Francisco Giants in 2012, with an average ticket price of $662.64.
To be determined: whether sellers will be able to get their asking price. Max Waisvisz of Chicago-based Gold Coast Tickets expects games 3, 4 and 5 at Wrigley to be really hot or somewhat cold, depending on how the team performs in New York in games 1 and 2.
As of Friday morning, Waisvisz said the least expensive tickets his company is selling are for Game 3, the first in Wrigley, for $350. Waisvisz said the initial price is similar to what he was getting for the cheapest Chicago Bulls seats during their six-championship run, factoring for inflation.
As far as actual sold tickets go, StubHub says the average price, as of 10 a.m. ET, was $386 and $358 for games 1 and 2 in New York, respectively, and $683 and $760 for Games 3 and 4 in Chicago
Patrick Ryan, co-owner of Houston-based sports ticketing firm The Ticket Experience, said the increased demand is also a result of the work both teams put in this year.
"The Mets realized that selling out a Tuesday night against the Marlins would be a near-impossible task, so they focused on games they could sell out and have a great atmosphere," Ryan said. "They did that by getting a lot of families to Citi Field on weekends, which gave them immediate revenue but also was an investment in future fans."
The Cubs also invested in their future by renovating Wrigley Field.
Said Ryan: "They deserve some credit for that because they didn't sit back and rely on their heritage; they proactively made some investments to keep their heritage in place but also adding some modern amenities that fans expect."