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Detroit Tigers' World Series Tickets Pricey, But on Steady Decline

Looking for tickets to the World Series? Watch ticket trends before buying.

Tigers mania has reached a fever pitch in Metro Detroit as the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants do battle in the World Series.

Fans eager to be a part of the live action, however, might have to dip deep into their savings when buying tickets.

According to Crain's Detroit Business, the average ticket price for Games 3, 4 and 5 at Comerica Park are about $730. But, Crain's reports, the prices have plummeted in the past week and a half:

  • Game 3, Saturday: $728.78 (down 50.7 percent)
  • Game 4, Sunday: $725.88 (down 30 percent)
  • Game 5, Monday: $763.34 (down 106 percent)

On ticket reseller StubHub.com, the cheapest tickets during the homestand are $375 for a single standing-room-only spot for Game 3 or Game 5. Those looking to be able to sit down during the game, however, will have to pay upwards of $400 for bleacher seats, or $500 for reserved seats. 

On Craigslist, ticket prices appear to follow suit, with reserved seats hovering around $500 and standing-room tickets selling for about $300. 

Expect prices to increase if the Tigers get off to a good start in the series, or to fall if the team struggles out of the gate, the Detroit News advises. The Tigers already are off to a rocky start, dropping Game 1 Wednesday to the Giants, 8-3.

Tigers fans also should be on the lookout for counterfeit tickets.

The Better Business Bureau of Detroit & Eastern Michigan warns Tigers fans in a recent blog on Patch to be cautious when buying secondhand tickets.

The group urges fans to "ask lots of questions and be wary of an offer that sounds too good to be true or that requires wiring money."

When money is wired, it can be nearly impossible to get it back in the event of fraud, the group said.

Whether you're looking to buy or sell World Series tickets, be mindful of Michigan laws.

According to Michigan law, ticket resale above the face value price is prohibited without the written consent of the owner or operator of the event venue.

Buyers based out of state, however, can circumvent Michigan ticket-scalping laws, and some already are advertising $10,000 World Series tickets.

Mark October 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Tickets on Stubhub have dropped with the game 2 loss. I was watching upper infield box. What was $390 Thursday night is $340 on Friday morning at 7:30. Watch for others to adjust their prices this morning and drive prices lower.
Mark October 26, 2012 at 10:26 PM
...and here it is not even 12 hours later and those Upper Infield Box are $300 to $314 for Saturday and Sunday tickets. Numerous tickets on Monday in the same section for $272 to $290 range. Sellers on Stubhub get hit with a 15% commission, so that $290 tickets nets them $246.50. The face value (the original sale price) on the ticket is $245. I doubt that they are going any lower. A win on Saturday and they're going back up. A win on Saturday and Sunday, they'll be in the $450-550 range with Verlander taking the mound on Monday. Go Tigers!
Suzan Mansfield December 05, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I don't think that they are going any lower.According to Ticketsinventory.com the cheapest tickets are $345 for a single standing-room-only spot for Game 5.

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